Monday, July 16, 2007

Dynamite-Shaped Object Sparks Evacuation In N.J.

Bomb squad blows up dynamite-shaped toy to keep it from blowing up. .......(I need help with this one...!!!!!)

(CBS News) WEST ORANGE, N.J. An area that included the Edison National Historic Site was evacuated Monday, but what authorities first called a suspicious device turned out to be a novelty item designed to look like two sticks of dynamite attached to an alarm clock, police said.

The object, found around 10:30 a.m. in a pile of household garbage next door to a propane business, was destroyed by the Essex County bomb squad as a precaution, West Orange police spokeswoman Amy Simon said.

"They blew it apart. There was no explosion," Simon said.

It was soon determined that the object -- made of two wooden dowels -- posed no threat, she said.

The device was found in an area that included light industrial businesses and some homes, Simon said.

Evacuations were completed before noon in a region a quarter-mile from the discovery, but people were allowed to return before 1 p.m., she said. The Edison historic site is currently closed for renovations.

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