Car boot sales enthusiasts are stunned when bomb squad robot arrives to detonate suspicious package

More than they expected! Car boot sales enthusiasts are stunned when the bomb squad robot arrives to detonate a suspicious package in a controlled explosion

  • Bomb squad robot detonated suspicious package at Meashamham’s trunk saleverkoop
  • Leicestershire car boot sale had to close due to package reports
  • Organizers said on Facebook ‘package looked like homemade explosives’
  • They wrote: ‘turned out to be a false alarm, but better safe than sorry’

Boot sales enthusiasts near a Leicestershire village got more than they bargained for this morning when a bomb squad robot arrived to detonate a suspicious package in a controlled explosion.

Measham Sunday Car Boot in Bosworth Road was forced to close around 9.25am today and placed under an ‘exclusion zone’ by Leicestershire Police after a suspicious package was found in the car park.

The organizers of the car boot sale later said on Facebook that a “suspicious package resembling a homemade explosive device was spotted in the parking lot” and that the explosives disposal service “performed a controlled explosion.”

“In the end it turned out to be a false alarm,” the organizers told their 13,000 followers on Facebook, “but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Boot sales enthusiasts near a Leicestershire village got more than they bargained for this morning when a bomb disposal robot arrived to detonate a suspicious package in a controlled explosion

Measham Sunday Car Boot in Bosworth Road was forced to close around 9.25am today and placed under an 'exclusion zone' by Leicestershire Police after a suspicious package was found in the car park

Measham Sunday Car Boot in Bosworth Road was forced to close around 9.25am today and placed under an ‘exclusion zone’ by Leicestershire Police after a suspicious package was found in the car park

One gambler – Jonny Heald, of Burton – said he saw the bomb squad carrying out the blast. He said: ‘At first we thought it was just garbage that had been dumped, as often happens at the trunk.

“Then it turned to disbelief when the explosives disposal service showed up. However, the police were excellent, and were incredibly thorough and professional. We heard a bang [from the controlled explosion]. Police said it was to be careful.

“They said they were batteries tied together with wires out. They had all the vendors out and made sure to back up at about 10:30 am to leave through another exit.

“We think it was a suspected hoax or someone careless with their garbage.”

North West Leicestershire Police said on Twitter: ‘Police are on hand at an incident in the Measham boot which led to the closure of the event. An exclusion zone has been set up. Thanks to all the public for their cooperation.

One gambler - Jonny Heald, of Burton - said he saw the bomb squad carrying out the blast.  He said: 'At first we thought it was just garbage that had been dumped, as often happens at the trunk.  Then it turned to disbelief when the bomb squad showed up'

One gambler – Jonny Heald, of Burton – said he saw the bomb squad carrying out the blast. He said: ‘At first we thought it was just garbage that had been dumped, as often happens at the trunk. Then it turned to disbelief when the bomb squad showed up’

The organizers of the car boot sale later said on Facebook that a

The organizers of the car boot sale later said on Facebook that a “suspicious package resembling a homemade explosive device was spotted in the parking lot” and that the explosives disposal service “performed a controlled explosion.” ‘In the end it turned out to be a false alarm,’ the organizers told their 13,000 followers on Facebook, ‘but it’s better to be safe than sorry’

“No one was hurt.”

They later said: ‘The Measham police incident has now ended without a hitch. Anyone who left their car behind can now return to pick it up. Thank you for helping the public resolve the incident safely.”

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police were called to a parking lot in Bosworth Road just after 9.25am today (Sunday 25 July) following concerns about a package found near some vehicles.

“The area was cordoned off and evacuated until EOD arrived to detonate the package. After investigation, it was confirmed that the package was not suspicious and people were allowed to return to the area.’

MailOnline has contacted Measham Car Boot for further comment.

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