Package removed from Monaco paddock
25 May 2012 – On Thursday night an item viewed as suspicious was removed from the Monaco Grand Prix paddock courtesy of a small and controlled explosion by bomb disposal experts. It is believed to have contained electrical cables and equipment.
The controlled explosion, which took place near the entrance to the media centre, left no more than several pieces of white plastic on the ground. The incident did not require the evacuation of nearby Stars‘N’Bars, the popular pub-restaurant.
At the time the Formula 1 paddock was chiefly empty but, ahead of the free day on Friday, several parties were being staged nearby both on boats moored in the harbour and at the floating Red Bull Energy Station.
A bomb disposal unit also detonated a suspect package on the weekend of last year’s Monaco Grand Prix; on that occasion, the incident occurred on Sunday morning.