CANTERBURY, England, Aug. 27 (UPI) — The center of Canterbury, one of England’s most historic cities, was evacuated Friday after a suspicious device was found near railroad tracks.
The “bomb” proved to be a hoax, The Daily Telegraph reported. It included a backpack with wires running out of it and linking it to a cellphone that was connected to a small cylinder.
The hoax may have been linked to a small fire in a baby-changing room at a department store, police said. Another fake explosive was found in the Marks & Spencer store.
A spokesman for Kent Police said rail service was halted just before 4:30 p.m., when the call came in about the device. Bomb disposal experts determined the device was a fake.
Several streets were closed and a bus station and shopping center evacuated. Marks & Spencer was evacuated following the fire, about an hour later.
Canterbury is home to what may be England’s most famous cathedral. The city was heavily damaged during World War II in the Baedeker Raids, a series of airstrikes aimed at places of historic interest rather than military or industrial importance.