Thousands evacuated due to bomb alerts in shopping malls

Thousands of customers and workers in several shopping malls in some of the largest Polish cities were evacuated on Friday due to bomb warnings which were later proven to be false.

In the afternoon, the authorities of several shopping malls in Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Warsaw (central Poland), Lublin (eastern Poland), Szczecin (northwestern Poland) and Katowice (southern Poland) received emails that explosives had been planted on their premises.

About 1,500 people were forced to leave the Alfa Centrum in Gdańsk. Evacuations were carried out in almost every premise that received the message.

Fortunately, the emergency services did not find any bombs and after thorough checks people were allowed to return to the buildings.

The police have already launched an investigation to identify the author or authors of the messages. For a false bomb threat, one may face up to eight years of imprisonment.

Fortunately, the services did not find any explosives and people were promptly allowed to return to the malls.