MOSCOW, Jul 3 Dummies found in Moscow in a parcel that caused a stir turned out to be two shells of German World War II mines that were meant to be sent to the United States, according to the Federal Customs Service (FTS) Russia.
“In one of the parcels at the Central Postal Customs, objects similar to mines were found today. They turned out to be two cases of anti-personnel mines without a fuse. The parcel was sent to the United States,” the department's telegram channel says.
An X-ray helped to reveal a World War II find: an experienced inspector saw on the screen an object structurally similar to an anti-personnel mine. “In the documents, the sender indicated that he was sending retro street lights,” the FCS noted.
Further, the customs officers called emergency services and law enforcement agencies, who were handed over the postal item, and the expert determined that inside there were two shells of German-made mines without a fuse.
“The police are checking, the package has been seized,” the department added.
A suspicious object resembling a mine was found in a building in the center of Moscow where the branch of the Russian Post is located, more than 20 people were evacuated, a representative of the capital's emergency services said on Monday. Later it turned out that this was a cardboard model of a mine. The Russian Post and the Federal Customs Service confirmed to the agency that the items found were dummies.