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World Financial Center in NY evacuated due to fake grenade

April 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A novelty grenade triggered an evacuation at a building near New York's ground zero on Thursday, authorities said.

The police bomb squad was called to 2 World Financial Center around midday when a security guard reported seeing a suspicious package. Law officials said a novelty hand grenade was found in the mail room.

ABC News reports the World War-era grenade was mounted on a plaque with an inscription that read, "Pull pin for service."

The NYPD declared the situation cleared in about 90 minutes.

The building is near the World Trade Center site. A 1993 bombing there killed six people and injured more than 1,000. The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.

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