Bucharest’s Calea Victoriei was partially closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon following a bomb threat that was made to a bank headquarters located on the southern end of the street.
Police decided to order the evacuation of 1,000 employees who work at Bucharest Financial Plaza where the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR) has its central offices following the threat.
The evacuation came after an “unhappy” customer called the bank’s call center, angry that a money from a bank transfer had not arrived in his account, Proft.ro reported.
BCR informed the police who decided to evacuate the building which is worth an estimated 45 million euros and covers 26,300 square meters.
Police closed off the street from the junction with the Regina Elisabeta boulevard down to the Splaiul Independentei on the River Dambovita.
Bomb disposal experts were sent in and the threat turned out to be a hoax. Police later let employees return to the building. Hoax bomb threats carry a sentence of up to one year.