Barrow’s Devonshire Dock Evacuated Amid Hoax Bomb Threat
April 10: Staff at a shipyard in northern England that builds Britain’s nuclear submarines were evacuated after what a local news website reported was a bomb warning on a nuclear submarine.
“Following an extensive sweep of the Devonshire Dock Complex (DDC), including the four Astute class submarines in build, nothing suspicious was found,” a spokeswoman for BAE Systems told The Independent. “We expect to be able to close the incident shortly.
“Our first priority is always the safety of employees, the site and local residents so in accordance with our emergency procedures, we made the decision to release personnel from the DDC earlier today. This was purely precautionary.”
After working with the emergency services at the scene, BAE said they were ”now satisfied there is no immediate safety risk” and said employees were being asked to report to the site as normal.
Ambulances and police were on the scene in Barrow-in-Furness.