London police blow up van, car outside new US Embassy
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LONDON (AP)—Metropolitan police called out the bomb squad to investigate two vehicles abandoned by the new, as yet unoccupied U.S. embassy on Ponton Road in Vauxhall.

Police cordoned off the area, evacuated a nearby supermarket, and ordered everyone to clear the streets. Fire and emergency vehicles were summoned.

Reports say police sent a bomb-disposal robot to detonate a red van and a gray two-door sports-utility crossover car in what it called a “controlled explosion.”

The police say the incident was not “terrorism-related,” and that everything is under control and back to normal.

The U.S. diplomatic corps has not yet taken up residence in its new building. The building stood empty.

Police stand beside two vehicles in which they carried out controlled explosions near the new but still unoccupied US embassy building in south London, on June 7, 2017. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
Police stand beside two vehicles in which they carried out controlled explosions near the new but still unoccupied US embassy building in south London, on June 7, 2017. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)