Security company goof up behind Manchester United stadium bomb scare
Asuspicious package destroyed by a bomb disposal team after prompting the evacuation of Manchester United’s stadium recently was a fake device accidentally left behind after a training exercise. The police evacuated about 75,000 fans just before a Manchester United football game which got postponed. The entire exercise due to the bomb fiasco is said to cost about five million dollars. The Old Trafford stadium is one of the world’s most famous football grounds.
Two of the Old Trafford stands were evacuated about 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of the Premier League game against Bournemouth when the item was found in the toilets at the ground. The match was called off soon afterwards and the whole 75,000-seater stadium cleared.
Manchester United said in a statement on their website that the package had been found in the North West Quadrant, adding that the match was abandoned on police advice. United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said staff were regularly trained in security with the police and emergency services. The club will investigate the incident fully.
Police used sniffer dogs to search the area before calling in an army bomb disposal unit which carried out a controlled explosion on the item they described as being “an incredibly realistic-looking explosive device”.