A security alert was triggered today at the Imperial War Museum in Southwark.
Just before two minutes silence was held across Britain at 11am to mark Armistice Day, police were called to investigate a suspect package outside the museum.
Tourists were advised to clear the immediate area as the police carried out a controlled explosion.
The Imperial War Museum was conducting a Remembrance ceremony, and after the detonation, visitors were allowed to return.
Initial news reports suggested the package, identified as a handbag on a bench, may have been left as part of a deliberate bomb hoax. This was later confirmed by the museum
A spokesperson for the Imperial War Museum said the “hoax” did not disrupt the planned ceremony.
According to the Evening Standard she said: “An unattended bag was reported in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Southwark earlier this morning. Police attended the scene, cleared the immediate area in the park and carried out a controlled explosion.
“IWM London’s Ceremony of Remembrance went ahead as scheduled.”
Picture from 30 minutes ago: police deal with suspect package outside Imperial War Museum on Armistice Day pic.twitter.com/WalrEHbWq4
— London SE1 (@se1) November 11, 2014
RT @se1 Something just went bang at Imperial War Museum. Public moved further back.
— Rob Price (@robaeprice) November 11, 2014
Just heard a massive bang at the imperial war museum from my flat
— Cave Junction (@CaveJunkshun) November 11, 2014