Postal staff in Northern Ireland have narrowly escaped injury after a firework exploded in a mail sorting office.
The blast sparked a security alert at the building in Belfast, causing the office to be evacuated for about half an hour. The emergency services where then called, along with Army bomb disposal experts. Luckily, the employee who handled the package was not injured.
A royal mail spokesman said “”We can confirm that Royal Mail House in Tomb Street, Belfast was briefly evacuated at 11.00am this morning after a small packet containing a firework went off in the National Returns Centre”
The fifth floor office acts as a centre for handling all the undelivered mail in the UK. Fortunately there was no major disruption to service.
The bomb squad had also been called out to a separate incident in the east of the city, where a suspicious device had been reported. This alert is ongoing.