McDonald's in Germany evacuated after 'explosive device' found by customers

McDonald's in Germany evacuated after 'explosive device' was found by customers

A McDonald's restaurant was evacuated (Stock image)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A McDonald's restaurant in Germany was evacuated today (June 29) after customers found a gas canister which appeared to have a detonator attached.

Police said the device was spotted in Berlin at around 9am, leading to the evacuation of the building and surrounding area. The restaurant was also ventilated due to a strong concentration of gas.

Explosives experts were sent to the scene, according to The Local, with police later tweeting that the device had been "secured".

Officers believe the gas cannister had "an ignition device", and the German newspaper, Bild, reported that a cable extended from the canister to the restaurant car park.

A police source told the paper: “A signal would have been enough to blow the whole restaurant into the air. We assume this was an attempt at an attack."

State security services are investigating, according to German news website Spiegel.