Belfast Telegraph

Firework causes alert at Royal Mail

Postal staff have escaped injury after a packet containing a firework exploded in a Northern Ireland mail sorting office.

The complex at Royal Mail House in Tomb Street, Belfast, was evacuated after the blast sparked a security alert at around 11am on Friday.

Army bomb experts and emergency services were called to the scene to inspect the premises.

The small explosion took place in a returns centre which handles mail from across Northern Ireland and Britain.

It is understood the blast happened while a member of staff was handling the package, but the employee was not injured.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: "We can confirm that Royal Mail House in Tomb Street, Belfast was briefly evacuated at 11.00am this morning after a small packet containing a firework went off in the National Returns Centre.

"Police and fire and rescue services were called to the scene. No staff were injured and there was no disruption to service."


From Belfast Telegraph