December 16th, 2008
10:20 AM ET

Explosives found at Paris store

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/europe/12/16/paris.department.store.explosives/art.printemps.store.paris.lights.gi.jpg caption="Paris's Printemps department store, which has been hit by a security alert, pictured last month."]

Police evacuated a major department store in central Paris Tuesday after finding five sticks of dynamite inside, French police told CNN.

CNN affiliate BFM-TV reported the dynamite was not rigged to explode, but police did not immediately confirm the report.

French news agency AFP said it received a letter in the mail Tuesday morning, claiming to be from an Afghan revolutionary group and saying that a bomb was at the renowned Printemps department store. The news agency alerted the police, who evacuated the store, AFP told CNN.

The bomb squad found the suspicious package around 11 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) and were still investigating nearly two hours later, police said.

Filed under: Global 360° • Terrorism
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  1. Jennifer - Michigan

    That is scary news – dynamite in the store? Man!
    I'm wondering if this department store is the same one that I visited in the fall of 1992. I remember a big party going on (maybe the grand opening?) They had a big beautiful cake decorated like a lion. They also had projectors on the top of the building scrolling lion images across the sidewalk. It was pretty cool, very advanced for that time. It looks similar to the same store but it was so long ago....I could be wrong.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  2. Cindy

    I saw this story this morning. It seems if the Arab group went through the trouble of emailing and telling the AFP the where abouts of the bomb that they were serious. Luckily it was not rigged to explode...or so they say. At least everyone got out and no one was hurt or killed by it.


    December 16, 2008 at 10:47 am |