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Explosive package sent to finance ministry

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Police say a package sent to the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives like the ones used in firecrackers has been safely disposed of.

Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said the package arrived yesterday morning. He didn't give any details about the package or who might have sent it, citing an ongoing investigation.

Mailroom employees at the ministry quickly identified the package as suspicious and called in explosives experts, who destroyed it with a controlled explosion.

Several rooms were evacuated temporarily.

Berlin police say the package could have caused numerous injuries if it had been opened and the explosives had gone off.