PARTS of Madrid’s Atocha station were evacuated this morning and train services suspended after a security alert was triggered on a train due to arrive from Sants station in Barcelona.
Security scanners at the Barcelona station had picked up images of what appeared to be an explosive device.
National Police decided to evacuate areas of Atocha station in Madrid as the train with the suspect device onboard was due to arrive in Spain’s capital.
However, railway services at Atocha station resumed after 10.30am after police deactivated the alert for a bomb, declaring the situation a ‘false alarm’.
They took to Twitter to say: “Our agents have carried out the relevant checks at the # Atocha station in Madrid and it is a FALSE ALARM. The police device is dismantled. Everything goes back to normal. In matters of security, rely solely on official sources.”
The object which appeared on security’s x-ray screens was, in fact, the buckle of a belt, designed to look like a grenade, upon verification by the National Police.
🚩URGENTE: Nuestros agentes han realizado las comprobaciones pertinentes en la estación de #Atocha de #Madrid y se trata de una FALSA ALARMA.
Se desmonta el dispositivo policial. Todo vuelve a la NORMALIDAD.
En cuestiones de seguridad, confía únicamente en fuentes oficiales.
— Policía Nacional (@policia) November 7, 2018
— Jose Armando Gomez (@Joargomez) November 7, 2018
There is not much information yet but in Barcelona´s #Sants Station a grenade has been found in the luggage of a passenger, in Madrid the police have evicted #Atocha station toohttps://t.co/RQTuBhdevF pic.twitter.com/yW0Bfymvt9
— Manu Gómez (@GDarkconrad) November 7, 2018
Cinturón en forma de granada
¿De veras que hay personas que ven esto normal?
¿Y que tal un paragüas en forma de fusil de asalto?
— Miguel Fuentes🇪🇸 (@miguefuente) November 7, 2018
Este ha sido el objeto que ha provocado la alarma en la estación de tren. Una hebilla con forma de granada.
— RO-1 (@Undercover_Camo) November 7, 2018