Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

German Police Destroy Package Containing Nails, Powder, Firecracker Found At Christmas Market

German Police Destroy Package Containing Nails, Powder, Firecracker Found At Christmas Market

He said police defused the device about three hours later.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package.

The package contained nails, powder and a firecracker, but it's not clear if it was a functioning explosive device. The police pointed out that it was a cylindrical object with cables, nails and batteries, but had not found any detonators.

The scene at Potsdam's Christmas market, which was evacuated on Friday.

The German authorities have been on high security alert this week for the opening on the nation's Christmas markets 12 months after a Tunisian man ploughed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 56.

Police are "currently deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package was found there" the local police department said in a Twitter.

Anis Amri, fled to Italy after the 19 December attack and died in a shootout with police near Milan four days later.

The security officers have ordered evacuation of area after detecting presence of a possible explosive device and subsequently proceeded to deactivate it.

But the Syrians were released without charge after initial investigations found there wasn't "sufficient evidence of a terror plot", the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said.

The number of police officers and private guards has multiplied in Christmas markets, which opened last week in Germany. They'd also surveilled buildings in Berlin, the official alleged.

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