South East Wales

Controlled explosion at government offices in Cardiff

Emergency services in Llanishen Image copyright Huw Evans Agency
Image caption Emergency services outside the HMRC offices in Llanishen, Cardiff on Thursday

A controlled explosion has been carried out at government buildings in Cardiff which were evacuated earlier on Thursday morning.

Thousands of HM Revenue and Customs employees at Ty Glas in Llanishen had to leave their offices.

A spokeswoman for HMRC said the incident began at 09:45 BST.

About 2,500 workers work at the tax office and some, with childcare responsibilities, have been allowed to go home, she added.

South Wales Police later used social media to confirm that a controlled explosion had been carried out.

The incident led to road closures in the area, but routes around Ty Glas were reopened later in the day.

Image copyright Huw Evans Agency
Image caption Thousands of workers were kept away from their offices all morning
Image copyright Huw Evans Agency
Image caption A bomb disposal van arriving at the government buildings

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