Bomb squad carry out controlled explosions after Manchester Airport Terminal 3 evacuated

The bomb disposal team has carried out a series of controlled explosions at Manchester Airport following a security alert over a ‘suspicious package’.

Police were called to the airport in south Manchester at 9am this morning after routine hold baggage screening identified a bag which appeared to contain a suspicious item.

A full evacuation of Terminal 3 then took place and remained closed for more than three hours. Terminals 1 and 2 remained open.

The bomb disposal team were called and carried out a series of controlled explosions.

A spokesperson for GMP said: “Police were called at 8.50am on Wednesday 5 July 2017 to reports of a suspicious package at Manchester Airport.

“Officers responded and a precautionary evacuation of Terminal 3 has taken place.

“Bomb disposal officers attended and a series of controlled explosions were carried out of the package.

“Following further inspections, the package is not believed to be a viable device and there is not believed to be any threat at this time.

“This is not believed to be terror related and cordons will be lifted in due course.”

Passengers who were due to depart from Terminal 3 were advised to head to Terminal 1, where they were given further information.

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Source: Manchester Evening News