OSLO Norwegian police evacuated part of Oslo's downtown on Tuesday in what turned out to be a false alarm after finding a suspicious package under a car at the U.S. embassy.
Police, who had been criticized for reacting too slowly when gunman Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb last year before going on a killing rampage, cordoned off an area 500 meters (550 yards) around the embassy, evacuating buildings and calling dozens of emergency vehicles to the scene.
"We examined a suspicious package which turned out to be harmless," police said. "Everything has returned to normal."
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)