Oslo building evacuated after grenade-like device discovered

Oslo building evacuated after grenade-like device discovered
An area around the building in central Oslo was closed off as police responded to the alert. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix
90 people were evacuated on Tuesday morning after a device resembling a bomb was found in a commercial building in Oslo.

The device was discovered in a building on the Henrik Ibsens Gate road.

Police were alerted to the object at around 10am on Tuesday. Shortly afterwards, the area was closed off and police bomb disposal teams arrived at the scene, broadcaster NRK reports.

The device was confirmed by police just before 12:30pm as being harmless.

“It resembles a grenade-like object, but is not a typical grenade from the military,” operation leader Christian Krohn Engeseth told NRK as police responded to the incident.

An image of the object is shown to photographers. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

The object was discovered by people working on a refurbishment in the building, the broadcaster reports.

It may have been there for a number of years, according to the report.

The commercial building is located near the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Royal Palace. The ministry was not evacuated.

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