Bomb scare in Australia`s Hobart city

A suspicious package thought to be a bomb shut a major street in Hobart city.

Updated: Aug 13, 2010, 15:54 PM IST

Sydney: A suspicious package thought to be a bomb closed a major street in Australia`s Hobart city but was nothing more than a child`s toy, police said on Friday.

Police closed the busy Liverpool Street in central Hobart after the discovery of a yellow package, which had wires, a speaker and a battery, the Age reported.

Businesses and residences were evacuated and the bomb squad was called in.

Police launched an investigation to find the culprit, but later said the device was just a toy.

"The item was not placed with any intent to cause a nuisance or harm to the public in any way. It was the discarded internal speaker mechanism from a child`s audible toy," a statement said.