Australia’s Parliament House is evacuated and locked down due to a ‘credible threat’ with alarms activated
- Possible suspicious package left at Parliament House
- Visitors were evacuated from the Marble Foyer
- Alarms were activated in the government building
Australia’s Parliament House has been evacuated after police were alerted to a suspicious package in the building’s Marble Foyer.
Visitors were asked to gather in public access areas, away from the front of the building after alarms were activated on Friday afternoon.
Nine News politics reporter Reece D’Alessandro said he was told there was a ‘credible threat’ in the building’s foyer.
‘It’s understood a suspicious phone call claiming there was a bomb threat in the Marble Foyer triggered the evacuation,’ he tweeted.
An ACT police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia that people were given the green light to re-enter Parliament House at about 2:20pm.
‘About 12.45 this afternoon, ACT Policing received a call about a possible suspicious package at Parliament House,’ a police statement read.
Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra (pictured) has been ‘locked down’ due to a ‘credible threat’ in the Marble Foyer, it has been reported
‘A cordon was put in place for approximately one hour, with some local road closures, while a search of the area was undertaken.
‘This matter has now been resolved with nothing suspicious located. The cordon has been lifted, the building and all roads are now reopened.’
Those attending Friday’s early childhood summit were evacuated from the Great Hall which was attended by police officers and sniffer dogs.
Senator Lidia Thorpe took to Twitter to update her followers on the situation.
‘Blak Estimates interrupted due to Police Operation in Parliament,’ she tweeted.