Date
21 October 2017
A suspicious parcel delivered to Hong Kong Disneyland prompted counterterrorism officers and bomb disposal experts to rush to the park. Photos: Bloomberg, TVB, Singletrack
A suspicious parcel delivered to Hong Kong Disneyland prompted counterterrorism officers and bomb disposal experts to rush to the park. Photos: Bloomberg, TVB, Singletrack

HK Disneyland bomb scare forces 500 staff to evacuate

As it turned out, the suspicious parcel delivered to the back office of Hong Kong Disneyland came from a disgruntled customer. 

But it was obviously not meant to harm anyone. 

Still, it caused quite a scare at the theme park’s administration building on Lantau Island on Monday.

Counterterrorism officers and bomb disposal experts rushed to the scene and the park’s 500-odd workers were evacuated, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The operation of the park was not affected, however.

The medium-sized parcel arrived at the mail room and was addressed to the “executive director” of the park.

It was put through a routine scan as it was addressed to senior management.

Park staff became suspicious of the content when X-ray images showed batteries and wirings inside.

In-house security officers deployed two trained dogs and were alarmed when the animals reacted to the parcel.

Police were called at 12:30 p.m. and all personnel at the park were evacuated. A 45-year-old female worker felt unwell during the process and had to be sent to hospital.

More than 10 counterterrorism officers were on standby. However, the police bomb squad later confirmed that the parcel was non-explosive.

Police subsequently opened it and found a broken Buzz Lightyear toy inside with a note saying the “product is not working”.

Police suggested the parcel could have come from an angry customer who returned the defective toy to seek a refund.

Police said they would get in touch with the sender of the parcel for follow-up.

This was not the first time there was a false alarm at the park, hk01.com reported.

A few years ago, a Labrador working as a sniffer dog at the park was reported to have mistaken cleaning detergent inside a plastic bag as a bomb, alerting the security and triggering a large commotion.

A spokesperson said the park is doing everything to ensure the safety of visitors.

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