US embassy bomb scare

High pitched sirens rang out for 20 minutes inside the American Embassy in Lisbon recently, but the bomb alert turned out to be a false alarm. The cause of the problem was a lorry illegally parked next to the embassy entrance on Avenida das Forças Armadas, which the driver, a German citizen, had left unattended. It seems that the driver went off in search of directions, inadvertently sparking a terror alert in the embassy. The driver eventually returned and clarified the situation, and staff were allowed back into the embassy to continue work.