The Washington Post

Electronic cigarette incites terror frenzy on British highway

They’ve been called many things: an “e-cig,” a personal vaporizer and, more practically, a smoking cessation device.

But an IED?

British counter-terrorism officers concluded Thursday that a bomb scare on a bus traveling on the M6 motorway, the longest in Britain, was spurred by a man’s electronic cigarette, according to the Associated Press.

This aerial shot shows fire engines, ambulances and emergency vehicles at the scene on the M6 toll motorway, around 116 miles north of London, after the motorway was closed following a terror scare on July 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

“The information received concerned a report of vapor escaping from a bag which, on investigation, turned out to be a health improvement aid for smokers,” a police spokeswoman told The Independent.

According to reports, armed police evacuated passengers aboard a London-bound bus as emergency response vehicles and a bomb disposal unit arrived on the scene. The 48 passengers on board were sequestered on the highway, surrounded by law enforcement, as police investigated the scene, shutting down the highway for roughly four hours. Police said they did not plan to hold any passengers in custody.

The emergency response came just a few weeks before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

More world news coverage:

- The faces of the dead in Syria’s unrest

- China wants its people to start spending

- Editor’s choice: The world in photos

- Read more headlines from around the world


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Making family dinnertime happen
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
Play Videos
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Learn to make this twice-baked cookie
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
Play Videos
Syrian refugee: 'I’m committed to the power of music'
The art of tortilla-making
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Circus nuns: These sisters are no act
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
Cool off with sno-balls, a New Orleans treat