June 7, 2017 / 5:40 PM / 4 months ago

UK police carry out controlled explosion near site of new U.S. embassy

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Wednesday they had carried out a controlled explosion near where the United States is building a new embassy in southwest London, but the unattended vehicles which triggered the action turned out not to be suspicious.

Police said they were called out after a report of two unattended vehicles near the embassy site, and carried out a controlled explosion at around 1637 GMT.

A U.S. embassy spokeswoman said no U.S. diplomats were present at the construction site.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Estelle Shirbon, writing by David Milliken

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