Sydney Opera House Reopens After Police Operation Ends

  • Site was cordoned off after `information on social media'
  • Operation caused disruption to ferry services in harbor

Police patrol the Opera House forecourt on Thursday.

Photographer: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Sydney Opera House and the nearby Royal Botanic Garden were reopened to the public after information received on social media prompted police to clear the popular tourist sites.

The all-clear was sounded by New South Wales police shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time, and barriers outside the opera house holding back tourists and onlookers were removed.

A police spokeswoman declined to comment on a report in the Sydney Morning Herald that the operation was triggered by a threat of a bomb on board a ferry servicing the beach suburb of Manly and Sydney’s Circular Quay terminal.

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