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Suspect package in Darlington street found to be fake explosives
POLICE have launched an investigation after fake explosives prompted a bomb scare in a North-East street.
Army bomb disposal officers from Catterick Garrison were called out after a suspicious parcel was spotted in Chestnut Drive, in Darlington, on Sunday evening.
Police later confirmed the package had been identified as inert material potentially used by the military or demolition companies for training on how to handle explosives.
It is not known how the fake explosives came to be in a residential street.
Inspector Chris Headley, from Durham Constabulary control room, said: “It's believed it was inert training material, but we don't know what it was doing there and we're making inquiries.
“We can't say whether it was military or came from a demolition firm. Unfortunately, there's nothing on it that identifies it's origins.
“What we do know is that it wasn't active or live.”
The street was cordoned off and residents were prevented from approaching the package.
A local resident said: “We were told it was an improvised explosive device.
"I got to within 20ft to 30ft of it. It was a brown box on the side of the road.
"The police then told me to move back."
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