Added by Gary Dunn on July 10, 2013
A car that crashed into the front gates of the US Embassy in Australia’s capital city, Canberra did not have explosives onboard when it crashed into the embassy’s main gates Wednesday night at about 1800 local time (0800GMT/UTC).
A thirty-year-old man, reportedly not from Canberra, is in Australian Federal Police (AFP) custody.
In an informal press conference outside of the embassy Acting Superintendent Darren Rath said, “Investigations are ongoing as to the circumstances which saw the vehicle collided into the premises, and I don’t want to pre-empt them.”
Authorities said the AFP bomb response unit in addition to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) police, fire and ambulance were called in as part of precautionary procedures.
US Ambassador Jeff Bleich along with his family were in the embassy at the time of the crash – the embassy is home to the Ambassador and his family.
The car, a tan-colored Peugeot hatchback with Queensland licence plates, sustained minor damage as did the embassy’s gates. A search of the car found a number of articles of men’s clothing.
Several roads around the embassy were closed during the incident.
The US Embassy in Canberra was opened in 1943 and is located to the Australian Prime Minister’s official residence. Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Prime Minister since last month, won in a leadership vote over Australia’s previous Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Rudd also preceded Gillard as Prime Minister.