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Unidentified parcels found abandoned at Bharathi road in Cuddalore on Wednesday led to anxiety among onlookers— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Unidentified parcels found abandoned at Bharathi road in Cuddalore on Wednesday led to anxiety among onlookers— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Two parcels found abandoned at the traffic signal at the Beach Road - Bharathi Road junction caused flutter on Wednesday.

The traffic cop on duty at the junction said that when he arrived at the place at about 7.30 a.m. there were no parcels. When the traffic got busier by the passage of time somebody might have either knowingly left the parcels there or these might have fallen from a vehicle during transit.

Since the parcels were in conical shape, various theories were offered about the contents.

As nobody came forward to claim the objects or came looking for them, apprehension started growing in the minds of the onlookers who began to believe that they could contain explosive substances. Therefore, police was duly alerted.

Soon, personnel from Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad came, inspected and put the parcels in sand-filled buckets brought from the nearby petrol bunk and carried it to the Silver Beach.The squad members dug two pits in the sand and lowered the objects into them. Again, with the explosive-detecting devices, they examined the parcels. But the devices did not let out any beeps. Later, they brought in a sniffer dog which simply moved away.

Finally, the Fire Service and Rescue Department personnel discovered that they were automatic fire extinguishers. These cylinders were filled with dry chemical powder meant for particularly dealing with blazes in chemicals or oily substances. Soon, they were decanted and destroyed.

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