Police operation in Dortmund: spectators were not allowed to leave the BVB stadium

The Bundesliga top game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen moves into the background after the final whistle.

Police operation in Dortmund: spectators were not allowed to leave the BVB stadium

The Bundesliga top game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen moves into the background after the final whistle. A suspicious vehicle near the Dortmund stadium triggers a police operation. But the situation clears up relatively quickly.

A suspicious car at Signal-Iduna-Park caused a lot of excitement during the Bundesliga game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen (1-0). On Saturday at around 6.40 p.m. the police noticed a vehicle with the engine running in a nearby parking lot. According to a statement from the authorities late in the evening, “two empty holsters for firearms” were found in the interior.

The police had asked the spectators to stay in the stadium after the final whistle. In the arena, from five minutes before the end of the game, it was announced several times that "due to a police operation outside the stadium" all fans must remain on their seats. "It cannot be ruled out that this vehicle could pose a threat," the police wrote on Twitter.

The officials later said: "As part of the further check, the owner, who was also the driver of the vehicle, was identified and found in the stadium. He was taken into custody and questioned about his vehicle. All dangers could be eliminated in this context will." The owner is the holder of "a small gun license".

The all-clear for the visitors came 23 minutes after the final whistle. The police assured: "According to the current status of the investigation, there was never any danger from either the vehicle or the owner." A tweet also said: "As part of the police investigation, we were able to clarify that the vehicle posed no danger. The engine was running due to a technical defect. Thank you for your careful behavior and understanding."

(This article was first published on Saturday, August 06, 2022.)

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