A Christmas market in Germany has been evacuated after authorities found what they described as an improvised explosive device.
Germany has around 2,600 such markets, filled with sparkling Christmas trees and wooden stalls serving candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and handicrafts.
German media said it was delivered to a pharmacy on Friday afternoon.
Police are "currently deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package was found there" the local police department said in a Twitter.
On Monday, the Berlin market reopened on Breitscheidplatz, a large traffic island in the western city centre, behind a wall of two-metre long, 500kg concrete barriers.
The controlled defusing of the suspicious object was later successfully conducted by the special forces of the German Federal Police in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Police said the "unconventional explosive device" contained no detonator and was incapable of exploding. Nobody has been reported as hurt or injured. Wires and other items that aroused suspicion were found inside, he said.
The package, deposited outside a drugstore, was rendered harmless by police on Friday, according to a tweet from police in Brandenburg, the state of which Potsdam is the capital. The affected area in the inner-city of Potsdam has been evacuated.
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