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Suspicious package in Germany had nails, power

Published:Saturday | December 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Police close the streets around a Christmas market after a suspicious object was found in Potsdam, eastern Germany, yesterday. (AP)

BERLIN (AP):

A German security official says the suspicious package destroyed by authorities at a Christmas market in Potsdam contained nails and a powder, but that it's not yet known whether they part of a real explosive device.

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter told reporters at the scene that it would take some time to analyse the powder. He says the package might have been a dummy.

Schroeter praised Potsdam police for quickly evacuating the city's entire Christmas market while the device was secured and then destroyed in a controlled explosion.