Brooklyn Heights

Bomb scare on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

One of several across a jumpy city

April 17, 2013 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Police closed Cadman Plaza West between Montague and Tillary streets in Brooklyn Heights at roughly 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, after the report of a suspicious object at TD Bank on Montague Street was called in.

A crowd watched bomb squad activity from the steps of nearby Brooklyn Borough Hall and helicopters were reported buzzing the area.

The suspicious object was discovered to be a thermos jug, an NYPD spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle. “It was coffee,” he said.

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The whole city was jumpy on Wednesday, following Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.

Someone left what looked like a bomb on the front porch of a house on 68th Street in Bay Ridge. The device consisted of a propane canister with electrical wires protruding out of it.

Reports of suspicious objects were called in from 7th Ave. and also Central Park West in Manhattan, Metropolitan Ave. in Queens and Morris Park Ave. in the Bronx on Wednesday, according to NY Scanner.

Several media outlets reported earlier on Wednesday that a suspect in the Boston bomb case had been apprehended, but this turned out to be false. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said no arrests had been made as of late afternoon on April 17.

“Contrary to widespread reporting, there have been no arrests made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack,” the FBI said in a statement. “Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”

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