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Police, military respond to explosive threat in Cancun convenience store

Cancun, Q.R. — A comprehensive security operation was deployed Monday morning in Cancun after the alleged presence of explosives in a convenience store.

According to preliminary information, a store employee called in the threat around 1:30 a.m, however, it wasn’t until 6:30 a.m. that authorities began to arrive. Scores of police and military did tend to the report. The alleged explosive device was reported inside a convenience store along Nichupté Avenue.

Specialists in explosives management from the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) and a dozen Public Security elements arrived at the site in three units. Police spent time cordoning off the area and supporting vehicle traffic, which at that time, began to intensify.

Two units from the municipal Civil Protection also arrived with two officials. A review of the alleged explosive turned out to be nothing more than a smoke detector.

Alberto Capella, State Secretary for Public Security made the clarification in a video saying that at 1:26 in the morning, an employee of a self-service company in Cancun confused a detector that was lying on the floor with that of an explosive device, but that after a deep review, all risk was ruled out.