Paris station evacuated after Eurostar bomb scareby Richard Bailey 13/08/2017 19:01:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Gare du Nord station in Paris was evacuated after a 'suspect package' was found
- Eurostar has confirmed that a passenger tried to 'take through' a military relic
- Several people on social media posted that they heard a controlled explosion
By Abe Hawken For Mailonline
Published: 15:13 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 19:01 EDT, 13 August 2017
A Eurostar passenger sparked a bomb scare at one of France's busiest stations after trying to board the train to London with a 'military relic'.
The cross-border operator said Gare du Nord station in Paris was evacuated after a 'suspect package' was discovered on Saturday afternoon.
Witnesses reported scenes of confusion at the transport hub, with several saying on social media that they heard a controlled explosion.
One person wrote on Twitter: 'No information on what's going on at gare du Nord!?! Massive queues, delays , explosion... Any update for your passengers?'
The Gare du Nord station in Paris (pictured) was evacuated after a 'suspect package' was found
Eurostar replied to another person online, writing: 'Somebody tried to take through a military relic so it's just being checked and check in should be open very shortly.'
The high-speed service provider reassured passengers that services had not been cancelled but 'interrupted until further notice'.
One tweet read: 'Check-in was interrupted due to the presence of a suspect package which caused the evacuation. We're sorry for the inconvenience.'
Businessman Martin Adams was on his way to get the 4.13pm service to London when police cordoned off half of the station.
Eurostar (stock photograph) confirmed that a passenger 'tried to take through a military reli'
The 31-year-old, who had been returning from a weekend in the French capital with friends, said: 'The police told us that there would be a controlled explosion and about 10 minutes later there was, nobody panicked and everybody just got about lining up for their trains.
'A lot of people missed the 4.13pm as a result but Eurostar placed people on later trains.
'My wife heard someone say in the security line that it was a tourist trying to bring a part of an old WWII bomb back through customs.
'This wasn't confirmed to us by Eurostar or security who just referred to 'security issues' when announcing delays.'