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26th Apr 2018

Controlled explosion at Manchester airport after evacuation

Police put terminal on lockdown after 'suspicious' item found

Oli Dugmore

Police put terminal on lockdown after ‘suspicious’ item found

Manchester airport was locked down on Wednesday night after a suspicious package with an unusual amount of wiring was found during a search.

Passengers were held on planes and prevented from disembarking while police officers inspected the item in terminal two.

A controlled explosion was carried out but the item was deemed non-suspicious after examination.

The airport’s operations have since returned to normal.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 5.45pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018, police were called to reports of a suspicious item at Terminal 2 of Manchester Airport.

“Officers attended and on examination of the item requested the assistance of the bomb disposal unit.

“A controlled explosion has been carried out as a precaution, and the cordon has been lifted.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances. Enquiries are ongoing.”