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”.

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