The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently investigating the possibility of evacuating 20 Dutch people from the Chinese city of Wuhan due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, a spokesperson for the Ministry confirmed to news wire ANP. The Netherlands residents in the city were informed by the embassy in Beijing on Monday morning.
A suspicious package was found on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam Zuid on Wednesday morning. The package was found at kosher restaurant Ha Carmel, which was previously the target of vandalism multiple times.
Eventually, police said no explosives were found in the suspicious package. But Jewish organization Federatief Joods NL said on social media that the "crystal clear" motive behind the incident was anti-Semitism. They noted that the restaurant has been targeted four times in two years.
The art'otel on Prins Henndrikkade in Amsterdam was evacuated on Monday morning after a gas leak caused a major fire in front of the hotel, which is located across the street from Amsterdam Central Station. So far no injuries were reported, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.
At 11:09 a.m., the fire was reported to be a "medium-sized fire". The alarm was elevated to "large fire" at 11:10 a.m., and to "very large fire" five minutes later.
The police evacuated Leeuwarden train station after a suspicious object was found in a train at the station, the Friesland police said on Twitter. The police's explosive team are at the scene to determine whether the Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department needs to be called in.
The suspicious object was found on an empty train shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. The police initially only evacuated and cordoned off two train tracks, but later decided to evacuate the entire station as a precaution.
Police working at the Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station arrested a suspect for allegedly making bomb threats. The threats were made by a person inside a train early Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Dutch national railway NS told media outlets.
“No explosive was found,” police said in a statement.
Authorities were dispatched to the station before 12:15 p.m., and police confirmed they were responding to a suspicious situation about 15 minutes later. The arrest was made and the situation was resolved by 12:40 p.m., police said.
Shots were fired in Diemen and Amsterdam Zuidoost early on Thursday morning. A gas line was hit in Diemen, resulting in surrounding residents being evacuated as a precaution, the police said on Twitter.
Both shootings happened at around 5:30 a.m. As far as is known, no one was hurt.
The shooting in Diemen happened on Rode Kruislaan. When it became clear that a gas line was hit, the situation was escalated to Grip 1, which means that a commanding officer from one of the emergency services takes command of the entire scene.
A massive fire broke out at a Mission Foods bakery on Industrieweg in Roermond on Wednesday before 6:30 a.m. Emergency services are at the scene in large numbers. Due to a risk of explosion, first responders evacuated a radius of 400 meters around the factory.
The fire started in a building where tortillas are made, according to 1Limburg. Multiple employees were in the building at the time, but they all managed to get outside without being injured.
A Tax Authority building on Kloosterweg in Heerlen was evacuated on Friday morning after the discovery of a package containing a powder substance, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The police are currently investigating what substance the package contained. The building was evacuated as a precaution.
A dispatcher sent firefighter equipment, and requested police assistance at the scene just before 9:30 a.m. The situation was escalated to a GRIP 1 at 10:10 a.m. That means that a commanding officer from one of the emergency services takes command of the entire scene.
An explosive was found outside a restaurant on Karel Mollenstraat Zuid in Valkenswaard during the early hours of Thursday morning. The police closed down the area and evacuated a nearby apartment building as a precaution.
The police announced the discovery of what appeared to be an explosive at around 3:00 a.m. A responding officer notified the Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department, who determined that it was indeed a real explosive, the police said at around 3:50 a.m. The EOD disarmed it and removed it from the scene. It will be detonated elsewhere.
The police closed down Pieter Calandlaan at the intersection with Johan Huizingalaan in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning. They are investigating a possible explosive left behind after a failed ATM bombing, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter at 9:12 a.m.
A man tried to blow up his home in Hoensbroek on Thursday night while emergency services were trying to talk him down. It is believed that he opened the gas. The man himself and a police officer were injured.
The police responded to the home on Prins Willemstraat in the Limburg town at around 9:15 p.m., after receiving a report that the man was threatening to blow up his house, the police said in a statement. As a precaution, the police and fire brigade evacuated the surrounding homes and cordoned off the area. The residents of around 15 homes were sheltered elsewhere.
A total of 80 homes and a hotel on Keulsepoort in Venlo were evacuated on Monday morning after an ATM bombing. The area around the ATM is cordoned off while the police investigate whether any explosives were let behind. No one was hurt, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The ATM bombing happened at around 3:30 a.m., according to broadcaster NOS. Witnesses saw a scooter leaving the scene.
Multiple large natural fires broke out in the south of France on Monday, prompting the evacuation of over 2,500 tourists on vacation at the campsites in the coastal town of Argelès-sur-Mer. The area is a popular holiday destination among Dutch. "It rained ash particles", a Dutch tourist in the area said to AD.
The discovery of an explosive, presumably a hand grenade, triggered the evacuation of the Botermarkt in Haarlem on Monday. The square was closed off for several hours while the Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance service removed the explosive to detonate it elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.
The police responded to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. The square was released again at around 11:00 a.m., according to newspaper AD.
Nineteen people at the Sintermeertencollege in Heerlen suffered health complaints on Tuesday after a number of students sprayed pepper spray in the school The building was evacuated as a precaution, as the fire department could not immediately say what was causing people to fall ill, NU.nl reports.
The police responded to Molenstraat in Zundert in large numbers on Thursday morning due to an explosive left behind after a failed ATM bombing. Explosive experts and firefighters are also at the scene. Surrounding homes were evacuated, the police said on Twitter.
The explosive was left by two men who wanted to blow open an ATM in the center of the Noord-Brabant village sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to Omroep Brabant. The two suspects fled the scene on a scooter. Bystanders told the broadcaster that it involves an ABN Amro ATM.
A holiday park in Erica in Drenthe was evacuated on Sunday evening after an Easter bonfire got out of control and threatened to spread to the bungalows. The fire has since been extinguished and the holiday makers were allowed to return to their homes. No one was injured, NU.nl reports.
Burning parts were blown from the bonfire, and started fires in the forest in which the bungalow park is located. The fires were quickly extinguished.
Seven residents of an apartment building on Prinses Annalaan in Leidschendam were taken to hospital on Tuesday to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning. A total of 16 homes were evacuated, AD reports.
The fire department and ambulance service responded to the apartment building in large numbers on Tuesday afternoon after someone reported smelling gas in the building. Measurements showed that there was no gas leak, but there was a much too high concentration of carbon monoxide in the building.
One person sustained minor injuries when a fire broke out in a container home for students on Odeonstraat in Almere on Monday morning. 36 container homes were evacuated. Initial reports said that someone was trapped inside the burning container home, but that turned out not to be the case, NOS reports.
An explosion outside a coffee shop in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday morning prompted officials to evacuate several buildings in the area. The blast was the second to take place near the Smoke Palace in the last six weeks.
No injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath on Linnaeusstraat, were the incident took place.
The police station on Stationstraat in Heerlen was evacuated for several hours due to a hand grenade. A man showing disturbed behavior left a grenade at the station, NU.nl reports.
The police station was evacuated at around 5:00 p.m. The Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department investigated, determined that it was indeed a real hand grenade, and removed the explosion. The station was released again at around 8:30 p.m.
The man was arrested and taken to a hospital. After treatment, he was brought back to the police station for questioning.
The Apeldoorn city hall was evacuated as a precaution on Thursday after a crack was found in the floor of the hall. Dozens of people, who were in the city hall for various political meetings, were asked to leave the building, NU.nl reports.
The city hall has been undergoing renovations since September and the building is currently only used for political gatherings, a municipal spokesperson said to the newspaper. The crack was discovered by cleaning staff.
A fire in a flat on Zwaluwenlaan in Vlaardingen left one man dead on Sunday. The fire broke out in the kitchen of the first floor apartment, and was discovered when smoke passed through ventilation ducts and set off smoke alarms on upper floors, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to ANP.
Firefighters found the man's body in the apartment. Attempts to resuscitate him were to no avail. The fire department quickly extinguished the fire and is investigating how it started.
A fashion show for Black Fashion Week at the Wings Hotel in Rotterdam was cut short on Saturday evening. The hotel, located at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat. The Koninklijke Marechausee searched the hotel with sniffer dogs, but no explosives were found, NU.nl reports.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military, reported on Twitter that the hotel was being searched at around 8:00 p.m. Some 75 minutes later, the Marechaussee reported that there were no explosives at the hotel.