NYC’s World Financial Center evacuated over ‘novelty grenade’

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:56 EDT
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Police in New York have given the “all clear” after 2 World Financial Center was evacuated due to a suspicious package that turned out to be a “novelty item.”

The New York City Police Department said on Thursday that someone in the building had ordered the toy that looked like a World War II-style pineapple grenade as a gag gift. When the item arrived in the mail room, employees suspected it might be a real grenade and Bank of America, which is the majority tenant, ordered the building evacuated, according to a Fox News report.

The package was discovered around 11 a.m. and less than two hours after the building was evacuated, employees were given the “all clear” to return to work.

Watch to the video below from Fox News’ Happening Now, broadcast on April 12, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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