On Tuesday, police in London apprehended a man accused of throwing suspected shotgun cartridges onto the grounds of Buckingham Palace while armed with a knife.
The arrest, which occurred at 7:00 p.m. (1800 GMT), comes just days before King Charles III’s coronation, which will be attended by worldwide nobility and world leaders and will be surrounded by a large security operation.
Officers also conducted a controlled explosion on a suspected bag the man was carrying “as a precaution,” according to the Metropolitan Police. It then noted that the matter was not being treated as terrorism-related at this time.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon after being searched and a knife was discovered, according to a three-hour update from the London police.
“Officers immediately worked to detain the man, and he has been taken into police custody,” Met Police chief superintendent Joseph McDonald said in a statement.
“There have been no reports of shots being fired or officers or members of the public being injured.”
“Officers are still on the scene, and further investigations are underway.”
According to British media, neither Charles, 74, nor his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, 75, were there at the time.
Officials at Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
According to the Met, the drama began Tuesday evening when a man approached the palace gates and hurled numerous things into the grounds, which were later identified as shotgun cartridges.
They have been recovered and will be examined by an expert.
The Mall, which leads to Buckingham Palace, has been blocked to traffic in preparation for Saturday’s coronation, which will be the first in Britain in 70 years.
As part of the coronation, thousands of ceremonial troops will march from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, drawing large crowds.
The security effort named effort Golden Orb to protect the path to and from the abbey is one of the largest in recent years.
Rooftop snipers and undercover officers will be deployed, as well as airport-style scanners, sniffing dogs, and a no-fly zone above central London.