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:
DIMIA is currently locked down with a substance scare – I have heard rumours that National Library is as well.
Can anyone confirm.
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.
The Canberra Times has comprehensive reportage here.