GB News captures moment controlled explosion at Buckingham Palace

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Jacob Rees-Mogg was broadcasting live on GB News the moment police carried out a controlled explosion on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The Tory MP and royal commentator Michael Cole were interrupted by a loud bang as they hosted their Tuesday night show from a portacabin.

Rees-Mogg then told viewers they had been instructed to evacuate the area after the detonation.

Police had triggered a precautionary controlled explosion after a man threw suspected shotgun pellets into the Palace’s grounds just days before the Coronation.

Neither the King nor the Queen Consort were at Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident, but Charles did host Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an audience at the palace earlier on Tuesday.

The suspect was detained at about 7pm on Tuesday after he approached the palace’s gates in central London and threw a number of items, the Metropolitan Police said.

He is being held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon after a knife was found, the force said.

Scotland Yard said they are not treating the incident as terror-related.

It is understood it is being treated as an isolated mental health incident.

The items thrown into the palace grounds ‘have been recovered and will be taken for specialist examination,’ the Met Police said.

The man was also found with a ‘suspicious bag’, the force added.

Footage from the scene in the aftermath of the incident showed police cars parked outside the palace, with officers and sniffer dogs patrolling near the gates.

Officers could also be seen examining a number of items strewn across the floor just outside the gates.

Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald said: ‘Officers worked immediately to detain the man and he has been taken into police custody.

‘There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public.

‘Officers remain at the scene and further inquiries are ongoing.’

Buckingham Palace declined to comment to the PA News Agency and said the incident was a matter for the Met Police.

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