Explosion sparks suspect package alert at HMS Nelson

08/07/13  ''A Royal Navy bomb disposal team was called in after a suspicious package was found at HMS Nelson.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131914-1)
08/07/13 ''A Royal Navy bomb disposal team was called in after a suspicious package was found at HMS Nelson.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131914-1)
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A suspect package alert at HMS Nelson today was caused by a ‘small explosion’, police say.

Police and other emergency services have now been stood down from the Portsmouth navy base after reports of a suspicious package.

A faulty battery, found next to some empty packaging, caused a small explosion.

A female naval rating received minor burns to her arms and was treated at the scene.

HMS Nelson was not evacuated.

The call was received at around 10am today.

Police say there is no evidence to suggest a risk to the public or any kind of crime or threat to HMS Nelson.

HMS Nelson is the Royal Navy’s accommodation and support services site in Queen Street, Portsea.

Police said that the base had not been sealed off and military personnel, workers and visitors were still able to go in and out. No roads in the area were closed.

At the gates of HMS Nelson, two fire engines could be seen and several unmarked cars with blue lights on.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘Police and emergency services have stood down following a suspicious package alert at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth.

‘Further investigations at the scene confirmed that a faulty battery, found next to empty packaging, caused a very small explosion.

‘One woman, a naval rating, received very minor burns to her arms. She was treated at the scene. HMS Nelson was not evacuated.

‘There remains no evidence to suggest a wider risk to public safety and there is no information to suggest a crime or any specific threat to HMS Nelson.

‘Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank the Royal Navy, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, and South Central Ambulance Service, for their assistance in resolving this situation swiftly after the initial call shortly before 10am this morning.’