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2012-05-25 06:53

CONVERSION JOB: For one week or so a year the resort town of Monaco turns into an F1 GP racetrack - but this and last year there was a bomb scare. Image: AFP

Alan Baldwin

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Bomb-disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect package in the Monaco F1 GP paddock on Thursday evening.

Security guards told Reuters a plastic container left near the entrance to the media centre was subsequently found to contain electrical cables.

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The scare came with the paddock largely empty but parties in full swing on boats and at a floating Red Bull hospitality station moored next to the paddock turnstiles.

Friday is a rest day for F1 and Thursday night is traditionally a time for paddock staff to let their hair down before the hard work of the weekend.

Explosives experts were also called out in 2011 to handle a suspect package at this grand prix that is regarded as a highlight of the social season attended by corporate moguls, financiers and a sprinkling of billionaires.

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