An international soccer (football) game in Germany was canceled on November 16 after authorities received a bomb threat.
Officials soon found an ambulance packed full of explosives, reported the Kreiszeitung.
Germany’s national team was scheduled to play the Netherlands in an international friendly.
The city’s president of police Volker Kluwe told the BBC “there were plans for some kind of explosion.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other high-ranking officials were planning to attend the match in Hanover.
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The German national team is safe after having been diverted, the team’s spokesman Jens Grittner said via Twitter.
“The team were diverted on the way to the stadium. In a safe place. We can’t say more at the moment.”
Ciaran Fahey, an Associated Press reporter, said she was in the stadium and saw it “totally surrounded by police with machine guns.”
But about an hour and a half before the match was slated to start, police told those inside and outside to “move away from the stadium.”
The nearby TUI-Arena, which was salted to host a pop concert, was also evacuated.
The situation started with the threat.
Hannover’s mayor Stefan Schostok told German newspaper Bild: “Safety is paramount. This is a fear you will always have. “I trust the police have made the right decision. If a threat situation exists, then those steps must be taken.”