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Commotion at the NLA

By Ralph 6 May 2005 28

An incident has recently occurred at the National Library.

Large numbers of police are in attendance and the library has been closed to the public.

More details as they come to hand.

ED – Em writes:

There’s been an “incident” and the National Library is currently blocked off by police.

Was going to the Baby Mozart concert at 11am but police had cordoned off the National Library entry. According to 666 ABC, there was a “suspicious parcel” found in the building – all clear now, but the building is still blocked off. Was told at the time that the concert would be on at 12:30pm instead, but I just phoned the Library and they said it’s now planned for 2:30pm but call to make sure the Library is open by then!

ED – Absent Diane writes:

Hi All,

DIMIA is currently locked down with a substance scare – I have heard rumours that National Library is as well.

Can anyone confirm.

Wax Off

ED – ABC Online reports:

An invitation to a charity ball has sparked a security scare at two of Canberra’s national institutions.

The substance turned out to be sand that had leaked out of an invitation to attend the South Pacific Ball, an event organised by the Southcare Rescue Helicopter Trust.

The same invitation also disrupted activities at Questacon and the Department of Immigration offices in Belconnen.

Only in Canberra.

Final Update:

The Canberra Times has comprehensive reportage here.

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Thumper 8:10 am 09 May 05


Choppers were practicing for Saturdays War Memorial gig.

Absent Diane 4:23 pm 06 May 05

Damn you stencillers – Damn YOU!!!!!!!!

RWC 4:21 pm 06 May 05

Maybe it is looking out for stencillers.

RWC 4:21 pm 06 May 05

Surely that helicopter wouldn’t have anything to do with a substance scare?

Ralph 4:17 pm 06 May 05

There has also been an Army chopper buzzing around central Canberra all day as well.

Absent Diane 4:08 pm 06 May 05

I was kind of hoping that we would get to utilise our practice in evacuating. Apparently radio has reported that the offending letter was an invitation to a Pacific Themed charity fund raiser.. with sand in it!! I don’t know how true that is

shaun 4:07 pm 06 May 05

There is no nice part of DIMIA. It’s like saying “I just did repairs on the cattle trucks”

bonfire 4:01 pm 06 May 05

a recumbent bike was spotted out the front of dimia. i was tempted to call the police.

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