Bomb squad mobilized over six-pack of beer

Posted on June 21, 2006 

Bomb squad mobilized over six-pack of beer

TOKYO (Reuters) – Police in southern Japan closed off roads, evacuated residents and even brought in a bomb squad after spotting a suspicious box in a police station, only to find out it was a six-pack of beer.

Police in Iizuka City in Fukuoka took precautions after discovering the box, wrapped in newspaper and sealed with adhesive tape, on the counter of a police station Friday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

A bomb squad was rushed to the scene after an X-ray scan showed metallic cylinders inside the box. A local television station broadcast the incident live using helicopters, he said.

But police found out the true contents after a woman, having seen the TV report, contacted them saying that she had left the cans of beer Friday morning in return for receiving advice on home security.

The spokesman said police will not press any charges against the woman as it was an accident resulting from an act of goodwill, adding that the steps taken were appropriate.

“We have to always think about the worst case scenario and how to protect the residents.”

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from My Way

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