November 30, 2021

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Fireworks technicians destroyed a suspicious package at Stansted Airport

A suspicious package was found in the station’s secure area, which was later neutralized by a pyrotechnician called in from the British Army in a controlled explosion.

Military fireworks technicians destroyed a suspicious package that forced the partial evacuation of London Stansted Airport for several hours on Saturday afternoon. The BBC reported that police had arrested a man in connection with the case.

The evacuation concerns Terminal 1 in Stansted, which all passengers and staff had to leave after 1 p.m. local time. They had to wait outside in front of the building until about 5pm.

A suspicious package was found in the station’s safe area, which was later neutralized by a pyrotechnician called in from the British Army in a controlled explosion. According to the police, there is no indication yet that there is anything dangerous in the package, but its contents will be subject to further investigation.

“A man has been arrested in connection with the matter and remains in custody in light of the ongoing investigation,” Essex Police, whose airport is located, said on Twitter.

Stansted Airport is located about 60 kilometers northeast of the British capital and is the third busiest airport in London after Heathrow and Gatwick.

The evacuation disrupted handling of departing flights, while arrivals at the airport were not affected by the incident. Planes also flew from Stansted during the evacuation of the terminal, but it was almost empty, according to some passengers.

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