VENICE, Italy, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Palace of Cinema in Lido of Venice was evacuated here on Thursday during the ongoing film festival after a backpack was identified as possibly containing explosive, but the threat was later found to be a false alarm.
The building was evacuated around 4:30 p.m. local time (1430 GMT) shortly after the screening of a film in a cinema theater inside it, Io sto con la sposa (On the bride's side), on illegal immigration to Europe.
The screening of the following film on the agenda, Chuangru zhe (Red Amnesia) by Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai, among the 20 titles competing for the Golden Lion, was delayed nearly an hour due to the duty security checks.
Luigi Cuciniello, cinema department managing director at La Biennale di Venezia, the festival's organizer, told Xinhua that a backpack was found unattended inside the cinema theater.
Bomb disposal experts said after an inspection that the threat was a false alarm caused by the mistake of a police dog that signaled the backpack as possibly containing some kind of explosive, according to local officials.
Cuciniello said it was the first time that a bomb alarm was raised at the Venice film festival since he was appointed as managing director 14 years ago. All activities were later restored at the 11-day international event, which ends on Saturday.