An EU Commission building in Brussels was evacuated and a police helicopter scrambled after police said a suspicious package was found in the area.
The package was found on Avenue de Beaulieu in Auderghem, with the area cordoned off and residents of the area evacuated early in the morning.
Police asked people to abandon nearby buildings through the garage instead of using the front entrances as the DOVO mining service was called on the site.
“When I got in at around 7:30 AM I saw a police patrol arrive,” a physiotherapist working in the area told RTL. “I was able to see my first patient but my second one called saying he couldn’t get in because everything was blocked.”
The residents were asked to wait out the police intervention some 300 metres from the area.
“30 minutes later, the police came and asked us to evacuate the building and we heard a small blast,” he said.
It was not immediately clear whether the parcel had been left at a particular EU Commission building, with three located in that area.
The Commission’s Directorate-Generals for Climate Action, for the Environment and for Digital and Telecom Networks are located on Avenue du Beaulieu.
The DOVO mining unit destroyed the package but no details were given regarding its content, Bruzz reports.
The Marlow police zone, responsible for Auderghem, Uccle and Watermael-Boitsfort, was not available for a request for comment.