By Raanan Geberer
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a bomb scare -- an apparent prank that hit Bay Ridge several days ago, police said.
On April 17, local residents, already on edge from the Boston terrorist incident, noticed a suspicious-looking device that was reportedly left at the home of the retired firefighter Fifth Avenue and 68th Street. Several houses on the block were evacuated, and the Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.
The device, consisting of a propane canister with electrical wires protruding out of it, turned out to be harmless.
Detective Martin Speechley, a spokesman for the NYPD, told the Eagle that the boy’s identity is not being revealed because of his age. As of Friday morning, he had not been charged yet. Speechley would not say where the teen is being held.
The suspect has been charged with Placing a False Bomb/Hazardous Substance in the Second Degree. According to police, he was sent to the HorizonJuvejnile Center in the Bronx.
On Wednesday, State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) told the Eagle that he was shocked at the prank. “After the horrific terrorist attacks in Boston on Monday, the idea of attempting to create panic with a lewd act of this nature is unconscionable,” Golden said.