STV offices and roads reopened after bomb squad 'controlled explosion'

Roads were closed and the Pacific Quay offices vacated as police investigated on Tuesday night.

A controlled explosion of a suspect item has been carried out by the bomb squad after the STV building and surrounding homes were evacuated in Glasgow on Tuesday night.

Emergency services responded to reports of a suspicious item at around 6.40pm before putting in a cordon and closing off Govan Road at Lorne Street and the Clyde Arc Bridge, also known as the Squinty Bridge.

Police Scotland said the bomb squad attended after the item was found in the car park near the South Rotunda.

The item was found to be non-viable, a spokesperson said, and a controlled explosion was carried out.

Police have closed off Govan Road amid an incident at STV.STV News

Residents nearby reported hearing loud bangs in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The police investigation is ongoing, detectives said.

At 1.27am, officers reopened the roads and allowed access to STV and surrounding homes and businesses.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were called around 6.40pm on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, to a report of a suspect item in a car park in Govan Road, near the South Rotunda, in Glasgow.

“A cordon was put in place as a precaution, EOD attended and carried out a controlled explosion. The item was found to be not viable.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

The Clyde Arc bridge was closed off by police after STV headquarters was evacuated.STV News

Previously, an STV spokesperson confirmed the offices at Pacific Quay had been evacuated.

The channel remained on air with regular programming, but Tuesday evening’s edition of Scotland Tonight was not transmitted.

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