Bomb Squad Sent to US Embassy After Car Crashes into Gates

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The bomb squad robot inspects the vehicle wedged in the entrance gate to the embassy. Photo: Graham Tidy


The police bomb squad has been called to the US Embassy in Canberra and a 30-year-old man has been arrested, after a car collided with the main gates of the complex on Wednesday night.

A bomb squad robot has inspected the car – an orange Peugeot with Queensland number plates – which was wedged in the gate after the crash.

Police have taken items from the boot of the car, including a laundry basket and clothing.

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Officers say the bomb team’s involvement was just a precaution, as the incident is at a diplomatic residence.

At least six AFP cars and several ACT Fire and Rescue trucks were called to the building on the corner of Perth Avenue and Moonah Place in Yarralumla following the crash at 6pm, and surrounding roads were closed.

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Emergency services vehicles outside the US Embassy in Yarralumla. Photo: Graham Tidy

A breathing apparatus unit was on site and ambulance officers were also called to the scene, although nobody was injured.

Several vehicles have been allowed to leave the gated complex, but surrounding roads remain closed to general traffic.

The 30-year-old man has been taken to the ACT Police watch house.

The US Embassy have declined to comment but are expected to make a statement on Thursday morning.