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US embassy ‘bomb’ was a training dummy

The bomb scare at the US embassy in central Oslo on Tuesday was caused by forgetful embassy staff leaving a dummy bomb under a parked vehicle, according to Oslo police.

US embassy 'bomb' was a training dummy
Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix
The object triggered a massive police operation and considerable disruption for residents and businesses in the vicinity of the embassy on Henrik Ibsens gate in central Oslo on Tuesday morning. 
 
The embassy called the police at around 11.30am on Tuesday morning to report that a suspicious package had been spotted. 
 
The Oslo police bomb squad was swiftly dispatched to the scene and was able to conclude that the item was harmless. 
 
According to a police statement it had been concluded that the item belonged to the embassy and was intended for training purposes. Embassy staff had simply forgotten to remove it from under the parked car. 
 
The embassy has since formally acknowledged that the object in question indeed belongs to them and Oslo police have apologized for the disruption caused. 
 
The mishap has led to calls from local Oslo city councillor Stian Berger Røsland for the Americans to compensate the city for the false alarm.
 
"If the sloppiness of the US embassy is to blame for the drama in Oslo, then it has to be expected that an apology is made and some form of financial compensation is made," Røsland said.
 
Johan Fredriksen at Oslo police has meanwhile said that while it is regrettable when mistakes are made, this type of alarm has to be taken seriously.
 
"The police showed a professionalism in how we handle these types of situations. We are now going to work to see that we avoid this type of situation in the future," he said.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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