Bomb hoax forces Acropolis Museum evacuation

Police officers block the way to the damaged entrance of a building that reads in Greek, "Bank of Greece",  after a car bomb explosion in central Athens on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Police officers block the way to the damaged entrance of a building that reads in Greek, "Bank of Greece", after a car bomb explosion in central Athens on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A bomb hoax forced Greek authorities to evacuate the Acropolis Museum in Athens and an adjacent subway station for more than an hour.

Police say an anonymous caller made the telephoned threat on Friday afternoon to a Greek newspaper, saying a bomb would explode at the landmark museum in 40 minutes.

The deadline expired without incident and after a search by bomb disposal experts the building reopened to visitors.

The museum, just outside the ancient Acropolis site, is Greece’s most popular, attracting about 1 million visitors every year. It houses collections of sculptures from the citadel’s marble temples, as well as free-standing statues and pottery excavated on the hill over the past century and a half.

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