Army called out to aerosol can

editorial image
Have your say

A security alert unfolded in Belfast city centre during the night after a report of a small explosion taking place.

The incident happened in the Chichester Street-Victoria Street area, a popular shopping spot, during the early hours of this morning.

Police said that shortly after midnight they were told that a small explosion had been heard in the vicinity, after a man dressed in black was seen setting an object alight.

The area was sealed off as police and the Army called out.

The PSNI said: “Following an examination of the object it was declared to be an aerosol can contained within a rucksack which had exploded causing no damage.”

Cordons were lifted at 3am.

The police appealed for anyone who noticed a man dressed in black, carrying a rucksack or any other suspicious activity in the area to contact CID in Musgrave on the non emergency number 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Back to the top of the page