BOMB PANIC IN CANARY WHARF
Explosion as hundreds evacuated
HUNDREDS of office workers were evacuated at Canary Wharf as a bomb squad used a robot to detonate a suspicious package.
People took to Twitter to claim they heard explosions going off around the South Quay area yesterday.
It was reported three suspicious packages were found at a nearby Pret coffee shop.
Met Police clarified that only one package was found and it was deemed non suspicious.
Road closures were in place around Harbour Exchange – near the East London financial district – while the package was assessed, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
One Twitter user who was at the scene wrote: “Police pushing people back further after suspicious packages found in Canary Wharf near South Quay DLR.
“Police have been on scene for over an hour now with nearby buildings evacuated.”
Another wrote: “First day back at work and we’re shut in the office due to a bomb scare in South Quay/Canary Wharf.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called at 1.19pm to reports of a package being found at Harbour Exchange Square in the E14 area of Canary Wharf. The one package that was found was deemed non suspicious.”
Police declined to answer what was in the package.
Canary Wharf Group said: “We are aware that the Metropolitan Police are conducting an investigation in the area of South Quay.
“As a precaution they have asked us to close the South Quay Footbridge.
“There is no impact to the rest of the Canary Wharf Estate.”