World Financial Center Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package [Updated]

The headquarters of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. stands behind the World Financial Center in this aerial photograph taken over New York, U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. New York City sold $775 million in Build America Bonds as international buyers purchased about 16 percent of the debt, the most in the city's history.
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The New York Police Department is investigating a “suspicious package” delivered to 2 World Financial Center, NBC New York reports. According to the Daily News, the package contains “what appears to be a grenade” as revealed by an X-ray, according to an NYPD spokesperson. The tower has been evacuated, and we’ll have more updates as information becomes available.

Update: False alarm! The package contained a “novelty grenade.” According to the NYPD, it was mounted on a plaque along with a sign reading, “Complaint Dept. Pull Pin.”

The News reports that the package came via FedEx and was scanned by workers from Brookfield Properties around 11 a.m. The emergency-services unit and bomb squad responded soon after, and the area outside the skyscraper is now filled with displaced workers, who have since been told they can go back inside. Everyone can breathe easy and even have a laugh now.

Suspicious Package at World Financial Center