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Berlin Police Give City Bus Stops All-Clear After Fluid Found

Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Berlin police removed cordons from six bus stops near the Alexanderplatz area that were sealed off early today after workers putting up posters at the sites found a suspicious fluid and complained of breathing problems.

Police and technical staff from the city’s BVG transport company who examined the bus stops found no evidence of poisonous substances in the fluid and were unable to account for the physical complaints of the two workers, police spokesman Dirk Stoewhase said in an interview.

“Vandals often etch glass with acid but we found none in the spilled liquid and signs of damage to the bus stops were clearly old,” said Stoewhase. “We cannot at this stage explain the workers’ symptoms.” Police reopened the bus stops to the public at about 9 a.m. after about two hours, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Parkin in Berlin at bparkin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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