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Bungled training exercise blamed for Sydney bomb scare

Bungled training exercise blamed for bomb scare that disrupted downtown Sydney transport hub

Bungled training exercise blamed for Sydney bomb scare

SYDNEY (AP) -- An official says a bomb scare on a ferry that caused major disruptions in downtown Sydney was a training exercise gone wrong.

The transport hub of Circular Quay, between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, was shut for two hours on Thursday afternoon after the crew of a moored ferry found a suspicious package.

Bomb squad police were called to examine the package, which was described by Australian Broadcasting Corp. as two bottles containing liquid and nails with protruding wires.

Steffen Faurby, chief executive of Harbour City Ferries, which operate the Sydney fleet, on Friday described the package as "a training device, which was not recognized as a typical training device by staff."

He said in a statement that there had been "no intentional hoax."

Updated : 2021-09-24 19:55 GMT+08:00