U.S. Embassy evacuated in Sweden security alert

Police guard the U.S. embassy in Stockholm, Sweden during a bomb scare on September 17, 2010.

Story highlights

  • The embassy was briefly evacuated after a suspicious envelope sparked an alert
  • The envelope contained white powder, Stockholm police said
  • Stockholm police will examine the contents of the envelope in a secure place
  • The all-clear has now been given, CNN affiliate TV4 reports

The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, was briefly evacuated Wednesday after an alarm was raised over a suspicious envelope containing white powder, Stockholm police said.

Stockholm police are moving the envelope to a secure location in order to examine it, police spokesman Albin Navery said.

"The embassy has been evacuated and we are working with Swedish authorities to investigate the incident," a U.S. State Department official told CNN. All employees are accounted for, the official said.

The all-clear has now been given and staffers have begun to return to the building, CNN affiliate TV4 said.

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