The US embassy in London was placed on lockdown after a suspicious package was found outside the building. Workers inside the embassy were told to stay away from the windows. Some people inside the building reported an alarm had gone off and posted photos of themselves crouching on the floor.
Armed Police Respond to Security Incident
Armed police with automatic assault rifles were seen inside the building talking with security guards. There were also reports of armed police and sniffer dogs patrolling the area. Social media posts claimed that there was shouting during the security incident.
Incident Deemed False Alarm, Business Operations Resume
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the incident was a false alarm, and officers were stood down just after 11 am. The US embassy also confirmed that everything was back to normal and that a suspicious package had caused the threat. The embassy thanked the police and visitors for their cooperation and patience.