August 6, 2005

Finnish police find no explosives on ferries

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police sealed off ports in
Helsinki and searched heavy vehicles on board ferries from
Estonia on Saturday after receiving a tip-off that a truck
loaded with explosives might be on its way to the capital.

Police said their search found nothing suspicious.

"We came here to make sure that there is no threat and now
we've done what we came here for, and now we are leaving,"
Helsinki police sergeant Ari Eskola said.

Helsinki is on the south coast of Finland 80 km (50 miles)
across the Baltic Sea from the former Soviet republic of

"We received a tip-off that a truck on a ferry that should
be on its way here from Estonia has been loaded with
explosives," Helsinki police chief inspector Mika Poyry said

Finland has stepped up security amid the athletics world
championships, which began in Helsinki on Saturday and
continues until Aug. 14. About 3,000 athletes and officials
from almost 200 countries are taking part in the championships.

(Additional reporting by Rex Merrifield, Sofia Hilden and
Gleb Bryanski)