The southern end of Main Street was sealed off Sunday evening for about an hour while the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on a small suitcase that had been left by mistake next to the perimeter wall of the The Convent.
A spokesman for the Royal Gibraltar Police confirmed that the bag belonged to a driver who had loaded his vehicle in the area but drove off and inadvertently left the suitcase behind, sparking a security alert.
Police were alerted at around 19.45 about the presence of the bag and, given the location on the perimeter wall of the Governor’s residence, immediately treated it as a potential improvised explosive device.
The area was sealed off and the regiment’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad was sent to the scene.
After an initial inspection, military personnel deployed a remotely operated vehicle to carry out a controlled explosion.
There was nothing suspicious inside the bag, which was destroyed by the controlled blast.
Around that time the owner of the suitcase, believed to be a visitor to Gibraltar, contacted police to tell them about his forgotten bag.