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Package with explosives sent to German finance ministry

  • The German Federal Ministry of Finance is pictured in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Ministry a packet with explosive contents was found. Police say a package sent to the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives like the ones used in fire crackers has been safely disposed of. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

    The German Federal Ministry of Finance is pictured in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Ministry a packet with explosive contents was found. Police say a package sent to the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives like the ones used in fire crackers has been safely disposed of. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The German Federal Ministry of Finance is pictured in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Ministry a packet with explosive contents was found. Police say a package sent to the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives like the ones used in fire crackers has been safely disposed of. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

    The German Federal Ministry of Finance is pictured in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Ministry a packet with explosive contents was found. Police say a package sent to the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives like the ones used in fire crackers has been safely disposed of. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a package sent to the German Finance Ministry containing low-grade explosives like the ones used in fire crackers has been safely disposed of.

Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said the package arrived Wednesday morning. He didn't give any details about the package or who might have sent it, citing an ongoing investigation.

Mailroom employees at the ministry quickly identified the package as suspicious and called in explosives experts, who destroyed it with a controlled explosion.

Several rooms were evacuated temporarily.

Berlin police say the package could have caused numerous injuries if it had been opened and the explosives had gone off.