Paris station evacuated after Eurostar passenger checks in with artillery shell

The Gare du Nord was plunged into chaos after the ammunition, apparently dating from WWI or WWII, was found in a man's backpack.

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The busy Gare du Nord station in Paris was evacuated on Monday after a passenger attempted to board a London-bound train with an artillery shell in his backpack, reports The Guardian.

“Towards the end of the morning, a passenger heading for Britain tried to catch a train with a first world war or second world war shell in his bag,” a spokesperson for national rail firm SNCF said.

The official added that bomb disposal experts had to be called in and all the passengers were evacuated from the main hall at the Gare du Nord, which serves international departures and arrivals and long-distance domestic trains.

Adding to the traffic problems were two separate incidents near Gare du Nord – an electrical fire on a nearby building site and passengers on the track.

Read more of this AFP report published by The Guardian.

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