Spain skyscraper housing embassies evacuated over bomb threat

AFP . Madrid | Update:

A police tape reading: `Do not pass` is pictured in front of the towers of a skyscraper housing embassies, after a bomb threat, in Madrid, Spain, on 16 April 2019. Photo: Reuters

A skyscraper in Madrid that houses the British, Dutch, Australian and Canadian embassies was evacuated on Tuesday over a bomb warning that turned out to be false.

Police evacuated the 57-storey Torrespacio building after the Australian embassy received a bomb threat by telephone, a police spokeswoman said.

"It was finally determined that the threat was false. Everything goes back to normal. Police are investigating the origin of the call," police later tweeted after searching the building.

The 235-metre (770-feet) high building is one of four skyscrapers that makes up a business park in northern Madrid.Spanish firefighters leave after inspecting a security threat at the Torre Espacio skyscraper at the Cuatro Torres (Four Towers) business park in Madrid on 16 April 2019. Photo: AFP

Fire and police trucks were deployed to the scene after the alarm was raised just after midday.

The evacuation of the building was carried out calmly in 5-10 minutes, a man who works at the skyscraper who declined to give his name told an AFP reporter at the scene

The office tower routinely carries out evacuation drills, he added.

The Australian embassy said on Twitter that it would remain closed "until further notice".

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