A suspect is in custody after an explosive device was found in an apartment in Halle. An arrest warrant has been issued. The 36-year-old was taken to a correctional facility, the police announced on Sunday. The man is charged with, among other things, prohibited handling of explosives.

On Saturday, the police found an object in the apartment that, according to initial investigations, was an explosive device. A police spokesman said the damage would have been caused by a possible detonation. The item has been secured – the danger has been averted. Around 50 residents had to temporarily leave their homes for safety reasons.

On Saturday afternoon, the police were informed that the 36-year-old was making racist comments from the apartment building on Schlosserstrasse and threatening passers-by with what was believed to be a rifle, it was said. When the man’s apartment was checked, it turned out to be a toy gun. However, the police found several suspicious objects and then called in an explosives detection dog and colleagues from the State Criminal Police Office.