Monday’s bomb scare at Hong Kong Disneyland turned out to be a false alarm, after authorities investigated a suspicious package sent to the park.

Hours after the park alerted police, a spokesperson for the park said that the package, which contained batteries and wires, was only a toy.

Counter Terrorism Response Unit responded to the scene.

A police spokesperson confirmed to HKFP that the package did not contain explosives, and the Lantau District Investigation Team is following up on the case.

Apple Daily cited sources as saying that the package contained a letter of complaint from a customer, and the police believed the sender did not have criminal intent.

The customer sent a malfunctioning Buzz Lightyear toy to Disneyland’s Managing Director Samuel Lau, according to sources cited by local media.

Around 500 workers were evacuated from two administrative buildings after Disneyland received the package at around 12:30pm on Monday.

Security guards were led to believe that the package might be a bomb after two sniffer dogs reacted to it and an x-ray scanner detected electrical wiring inside, Apple Daily reported.

Fire trucks outside Disneyland’s administrative offices.

Fire trucks, ambulances, the police’s Counter Terrorism Response Unit and its Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau responded to the scene.

During the evacuation, the operations of the park remained undisrupted.

Disneyland’s spokesperson said the park is committed to ensuring security in the resort.

Ellie Ng

Ellie Ng has written for Foreign Policy, the Daily Telegraph, Global Voices Online and others.