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Crime Bomb scare empties Mall of Switzerland

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The Mall of Switzerland on opening day, November 8, 2017

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Police are investigating the bomb scare that has prompted the evacuation of the Mall of Switzerland near Lucerne. 

An anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat on Wednesday. After police told shoppers and employees to leave the building, forensic specialists from Zurich swept the mall for explosives.

They found a suspicious object but have confirmed that it was not a bomb. Police are looking for witnesses.

On social media, some posted photos of people waiting for further instructions and the chance to reclaim cars or other belongings.

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Authorities say that the evacuation was calm and orderly, and nobody was injured. The mall parking garage re-opened on Wednesday evening, and the entire centre re-opened to the public at 9:15pm.

The Mall of Switzerlandexternal link is located in Ebikon, about ten minutes northeast of Lucerne. 

Earlier this month, a bomb scare in Bern disrupted travel services.


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