Police bomb disposal experts made a controlled explosion of a suitcase outside a building close to the US embassy in Athens on Wednesday morning, but an investigation turned up that it contained no explosive materials or devices.

The investigation turned up that the suitcase had been forgotten at the spot and contained only clothing and personal items.

The forgotten suitcase was spotted at about 9:00 a.m. by a passerby, who considered the item to be suspicious, and alerted police.

The area around the building on Semitelou street was immediately cordoned off, and traffic resumed after the alert was over.