CALELLA DE MAR, Spain – Spanish police evacuated a beach near the northeastern port city of Barcelona for two hours after a bomb threat that appeared to be a hoax.
The threat came after several bombings over the summer blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA.
Officers cleared the beach resort of Calella de Mar, 30 miles northeast of the Catalan capital, as a precaution while police searched for a bomb, a Catalan regional police spokesman said. They found nothing, he said.
Police cars with loudspeakers warned bathers on one of the summer holiday's peak weekend to leave the area while police combed a 2-mile stretch of sandy beach and nearby streets.
Police allowed tourists back after two hours of searching for a device.
The spokesman said the Basque roadside assistance service DYA received a recorded warning of the type used before by ETA. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police rules.
Three small bombs exploded Sunday on the tourist island of Mallorca, but injured no one. ETA has claimed responsibility for four other bombings this summer that killed three people.