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World Financial Center evacuation caused by toy grenade

Brittney Elkins

World Financial Center from the Hudson River.

Security guards reported “suspicious package” to police immediately.

The World Financial Center in lower Manhattan was evacuated earlier today, and reports say that a toy grenade was to blame.

The police bomb squad was called to 2 World Financial Center, near ground zero. A security guard had reported a package that seemed suspicious, and the property managers, Brookfield Properties, ordered an evacuation as a precaution.

A criminal investigation will not take place, because police say there was no threat. Again, it was a toy.

The bomb squad determined the package was a fake explosive that looked like a WWII style pineapple grenade mounted on a plaque that said, “Complaint department: Pull pin.”

The World Financial Center is near the site of the former World Trade Center where the September 11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, and a 1993 bombing killed six and injured 1,000. Safety threats are taken very seriously in this neighborhood, and employees obliged the evacuation.

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