Bomb threat to Australian Embassy leads to evacuation of Europe’s fourth-tallest building

Bomb threat to Australian Embassy leads to evacuation of Europe’s fourth-tallest building

Spanish firefighters leave after inspecting a suspected bomb hoax at the Torre Espacio skyscraper in Madrid. The threat was called into the offices of the Australian Embassy. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

A hoax bomb threat called in to the Australian Embassy in Spain prompted the evacuation of a 57-storey office tower in Madrid’s business district on Tuesday, Spanish police said.

Staff at the embassy in Madrid received a phone call with the security threat around midday on Tuesday, said a National Police spokeswoman who wasn’t authorised to be identified by name in media reports.

People stand outside the Torre Espacio skyscraper in Madrid after it was evacuated following a bomb hoax called into the Australian Embassy. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

A British embassy employee walks outside the Torre Espacio skyscraper. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Staff at the embassy in Madrid received a phone call with the security threat around midday on Tuesday, said a National Police spokeswoman who wasn’t authorised to be identified by name in media reports.

She said police are investigating the call after deeming it a false alarm.

Firefighters leave after attending the Torre Espacio skyscraper in Madrid, where a bomb hoax was called into the offices of the Australian Embassy. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The tower, which is Spain’s 4th-highest and the 24th-tallest in Europe, had been evacuated by the time police and emergency services arrived at the scene, she added.

Spanish police remove a cordon outside the Torre Espacio skyscraper after it was evacuated following a bomb threat. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The Australian Embassy tweeted that it would be closed for the rest of the day and until further notice.

The @AusEmbEsp will remain close for the rest of today, Tuesday 16 April, until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience— Australia in Spain (@AusEmbEsp) April 16, 2019

The embassy later said it would re-open tomorrow.

From tomorrow, Wednesday 17 April, the Embassy will be open and operating on the normal hours. For more information about our opening hours please visit our website: https://t.co/1wjK8nQIZCpic.twitter.com/z3i0bwOAf5— Australia in Spain (@AusEmbEsp) April 16, 2019

At 235 metres, Torre Espacio is one of four skyscrapers dotting the northern part of the Spanish capital’s skyline.

Apart from the Australian presence, it houses the embassies of the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as offices of several multinational companies.

Australia’s Ambassador to Spain is Ms Julie-Ann Guivarra.

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