A bomb scare was called off at the Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) after officials from the Special Services Unit (SSU) conducted a thorough search of the building and found that there was nothing threatening.
Sergeant Richard Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the bomb scare was called off at about 5 p.m., once the officers had completed their operation and found that there was no immediate threat to the building.
Innocent said officials from BOSL had received an anonymous tip of a bomb threat inside the BOSL Castries office. He said despite it being an anonymous call, the police had to conduct a proper investigation to ensure that the building was safe.
The BOSL staff, who are currently on strike, were asked to move to Micoud Street, closer to the National Library for their safety, following the bomb threat. The police responded promptly to cordon off the area and assist with the evacuation.
Traffic was redirected, as the road between Jeremie Street and Boulevard was closed during that period. A fire engine was also on standby.
Fire officials said they received a call at about 2:50 p.m. about the bomb threat.