Police have evacuated City Hall and closed off the surrounding area. Photo: Sophia Juliane Lydolph/Scanpix
UPDATE, 6pm: Police called off their search shortly after 5pm after not finding any signs of explosives.
After closing off Copenhagen City Hall and the surrounding area for several hours to investigate a bomb threat, Copenhagen Police did not find any signs of explosives.
In a press release, police said that bomb removal personnel thoroughly searched City Hall after evacuating the building. The search did not turn up anything suspicious.
Police said that they are now investigating the person or persons behind the threat, but did not release any additional information.
However, earlier in the day Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen said that the threat was made by a 17-year-old boy on an internet chat site. According to TV2, the boy said that a bomb would go off in City Hall at 3pm.
Police in full bomb removal gear were on the scene for nearly four hours and a police bomb removal robot was also on hand.
Previous update, 3.18pm:
Copenhagen Police have responded to a bomb threat against City Hall by evacuating the building and cordoning off surrounding areas.
"Bomb threat against Copenhagen City Hall, which is evacuated. Police are there and are investigating. As soon as there is something new, we'll write again," Copenhagen Police said on Twitter.
Kåre Sørensen, a reporter for Jyllands-Posten newspaper, wrote on Twitter that there is a "massive" police presence at the scene, including the police's bomb disposal robot Rullemarie.
According to Copenhagen Mayor Frank, the bomb threat was made in an internet chat room.
"Police intercepted a bomb threat on a youth chat. I naturally hope that it is just a prank, but the police are taking it very seriously as they of course should," Jensen told DR.
The mayor said that the threat was made by a 17-year-old boy on the chat site bornetelefonen.dk
, but police had not confirmed that information as of 3.15pm.
Jensen said it was the first time in his five years as mayor that City Hall has been evacuated.