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Buckingham Palace forced into lockdown after “loud explosion”

An incident that involved shotgun cartridges and loud explosions forced Buckingham Palace into lockdown early this morning.

British police said a man had approached the Buckingham Palace gates at 7pm on May 2 (4am AEST on May 3) and threw “suspected” shotgun cartridges into the palace grounds.

Police quickly detained the man and then arrested him after finding a knife on his person.

They said in a statement, “The man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon after he was searched and a knife was found.”

The statement also disclosed that the police were not treating the incident as a terrorism-related matter.

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Police were still at the scene after a man was arrested and a controlled explosion was carried out.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that neither King Charles nor Queen Camilla were at the palace during the incident.

However, King Charles had been at Buckingham Palace with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese just hours before the shotgun cartridges were thrown.

It was also announced that after the incident, a controlled explosion was conducted by specialists as a precaution and that extra security measures would be added to the palace and its surroundings in the lead up to King Charles’ coronation.

Ben Briscoe, head of programming at GB News, was in the area at the time of the incident and the controlled explosion and appeared on the program to share his experience.

“There was definitely a very, very loud explosion … As it stands the Palace and the surrounding areas are in total lockdown,” he said.

The lockdown has since been lifted but investigations are continuing.

Emily Brown
Emily Brown graduated with a BA Hons in the English Language in the Media from Lancaster University before going on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems. She joined Medialinker in 2022 and now works as a Senior Journalist covering breaking news, trending stories, and longer-form features with a focus on human interest stories.

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