There was a suspicious package near the Olympic Park's Carioca Arena 1.

Anti-bomb squad conduct controlled explosion at Rio Olympics

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Heading into the Rio Olympics, there was plenty of fears surrounding the safety of the competitors and the spectators alike as problems in Brazil continued to mount.

As of yet, there have been a few scary moments, with armed robberies being the main problem for the Brazilian authorities, but on Thursday night there was a bigger alarm with a suspicious package being found at the basketball arena.

Rio's anti-bomb squad were called and had to conduct a controlled explosion at the Olympic Park's Carioca Arena 1, just shortly before spectators were set to enter the venue for the basketball.


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This is now the third controlled explosion that has had to take place at the Rio Olympics, with one coming last Friday outside the beach volleyball venue, and another taking place on Saturday at the finish line of the women's cycling road race.

A statement from the Rio organisers has revealed that a suspicious package was found at the Carioca Arena 1, and that meant a anti-bomb squad had to be called immediately.

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All spectators and fans who were set to be inside the arena for the basketball were kept outside during the controlled explosion, but journalists, officials, and players were all inside whilst it happened. However, they were not considered to be in any danger.

The statement also confirmed that inside the suspicious package was just a tablet, some socks, and a jacket.

Luckily for the spectators they didn't miss any of the action and after the anti-bomb squad had finished their job, they were immediately allowed inside and witnessed Spain beat Nigeria 96-87.

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