Merry Christmas, infidels. Police have evacuated a Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam after finding a suspicious package that was found to contain an explosive device.
The Washington Post reports that the package contained nails, powder, and firecrackers. The package has now been destroyed, and no one was injured. Police spokesman Peter Meyritz said that the package, approximately 16 by 20 inches, was delivered to a pharmacy near the Christmas market where it aroused suspicion and the police were called. It contained, as the police described it, "a cylindrical object with cables, batteries, and nails but, at this point, no ignition device has been found."
Brandenburg state's top security official, Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter said "The evaluation and analysis is just beginning now. If it was really explosive or if it was a fake or a dummy, we will only know through further investigation." He went on to say that, either way, the package had some success as an act of terrorism:
There was a successful attempt to spread fear, because at this point it isn’t possible for Christmas festivities to go ahead as normal.
Christmas markets opened across Germany last Monday, but had increased security after a Christmas market was attacked in Berlin last year, killing 12 people.