Bomb scare at Rio Olympics after suspect package found

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Friday night saw the official launch of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, with a muddled but highly absorbing opening ceremony in Rio.

However, while the notorious event was taking place inside the Maracana Stadium, police were forced to cordon off a large area around the Beach Volleyball Arena in Copacabana after a suspect package was spotted directly outside it.

Terrified members of the public believed that they could see an explosive device in the road, and, soon after the area was cordoned off, heavily-armoured army experts arrived on the scene.


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They deployed robotic bomb detection devices in order to probe the package, and after an hour or so, brave bomb disposal officers carefully walked up to and examined it.

The package appeared to be a black bag and a red rucksack, and later on officials confirmed that it was a false alarm.

A second scare

Moments after that scare, it was claimed that a series of unauthorised drones had breached security by making their way to the Olympic stadium - where the prestigious opening ceremony was happening.

Sources told local media that security officials didn't say much regarding the incident but that tension was high as they decided on a course of action.

Tensions are high in Rio

This scare is exactly what the Rio Olympics didn't need, considering the high levels of political and social unrest already in the country.  A significant number of Brazilian citizens have protested in the lead-up to the Games over the cost of hosting the "Greatest Show on Earth".

The problems and heightening tensions in Brazil can be quantified by the fact that approximately 80,000 police and security staff are in operation for the Olympics in Rio - a figure which is double the amount that was used in London four years ago.

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