UN visitors' entrance closed, tours suspended because of 'suspicious package'

26 June 2003

The United Nations closed the visitors' entrance at its New York headquarters for several hours today and suspended its morning tours after a suspicious package described as a bag with a canister inside was found at the tent outside the entryway.

Although results from a canine team were negative, one initial reading for radiation caused concern. Subsequent tests for radiation did not show anything unusual and the New York Police and Fire Departments were called in to help inspect the package.

Further tests conducted by the New York Bomb Squad, the radiation unit and the Department for Environmental Protection came back negative and the visitors' entrance was reopened and tours resumed in the afternoon.


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