Evacuations took place in Philadelphia on Friday, November 6, following two bomb threats near the Convention Center, where ballots from the 2020 US election are being counted. An individual called security in the Fashion District mall to report that an explosion was about to take place, prompting the evacuation of nearby buildings, including the Convention Center, as well as the halting of train services. Police carried out a sweep of the mall and no device was found.
The incident came following police confirmation on Thursday, November 5, that they were investigating an alleged plot to attack the Convention Center. One man has been taken into custody and a weapon seized, although it is unclear whether the arrest is linked to the alleged plot.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the Convention Center while vote counting is underway, with associated disruptions to transportation and business. Election-related unrest cannot be ruled out in Philadelphia over the near term.
Those in Philadelphia are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the Convention Center and any active demonstrations, and heed any instructions issued by local authorities.
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