Explosive found in popular Amsterdam nightlife area

Police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal investigate an explosive found on Korte Leidse Dwarsstraat in Amsterdam, 19 Jan 2018
Police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal investigate an explosive found on Korte Leidse Dwarsstraat in Amsterdam, 19 Jan 2018. (Photo: Politie / @Politie_Adam / Twitter)

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal team responded to Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam city center on Friday morning after a report of an explosive lying on the street, the police said on Twitter.

Authorities said the item was determined to be an actual explosive, and not a dummy device or a toy. It was disabled and made harmless in a joint effort between the police and the bomb squad from the Ministry of Defense.

The item was found around 4:00 a.m., according to RTL Nieuws. Police later said it was found just before 5 a.m.

Police were still at the scene at the start of the business day conducting a forensic investigation. Authorities are looking for any information they can find about the origin of the device and the person who left it in such a popular area of bars, restaurants, cafes, and residences.

According to RTL, the explosive was a small object but it was not known what type of explosive was found.

Friday's incident happened just 150 meters from on the Leidseplein nearly a year ago, which . Two that day on a scooter, security footage showed. The affected bar, Cafe In The City, by the municipality after the explosive was found as a way to protect the area.

Cafe In The City denied any involvement, and thought perhaps the explosive was meant to target the previous bar owners.

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