Bomb disposal squad scramble to RAF base after Amazon driver leaves package outside entrance

BOMB disposal experts were scrambled when an Amazon driver left a parcel at the entrance to a top-security military base.

Hundreds of troops were evacuated the day after the UK terror threat level was raised to “severe”.

The package was safely blown up before investigators found it contained a tub of protein powder, ordered by one of the soldiers at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Experts and sniffer dogs from the Royal Logistics Corps had raced to the front gate after the package was left there unattended.

Roads were shut and part of the airbase — the largest in the UK — was evacuated.

A remote-controlled robot was used to fire a disarming charge at the package.

Experts soon realised there was no bomb inside, but a £21 tub of post-workout protein powder — used by many military personnel to boost muscle definition.

A source said: “Most of the time these guys are dealing with hoaxes but they said that blowing up an Amazon delivery dumped at the front gates was a first.”

The RAF said of the November 4 drama: “A suspicious package was identified. As a precautionary measure, Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel were called and declared the package safe.”

Amazon has been contacted for comment.           

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