Rome police: Device on subway couldn't explode

December 22, 2010 00:07

ROME — Police said Tuesday a suspicious package full of wires and powder that prompted a terror scare in Rome's subway during the Christmas season was a fake made out of cement-like powder, not explosives.

The device was found at around 10 a.m. (0900GMT) on Tuesday inside a train at Rome's Rebibbia station, on the outskirts of the Italian capital. The subway car was at the end of the line and empty when the package was found, said Atac, which runs the Rome subway.Bomb-disposal experts checked the powder and concluded it was inert and that there was no trigger mechanism among the wires, carabinieri police said in a statement. Spokesman Sgt. Agostino Vitolo said the black powder found in metal tubes was "very much like cement."

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