Updated 04/12/2012 11:39 PM
Fake Grenade Prompts Brief Evacuation At World Financial Center
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Workers at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan were allowed back in their offices Thursday afternoon following an evacuation earlier in the day prompted by a suspicious package.
The New York City Police Department says a security guard at 2 World Financial Center made the discovery around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Members of the bomb squad responded and determined the package was actually a novelty toy grenade mounted on a plaque with the description "complaint department."
As a precaution, more than 7,000 people who were working in the building were told to leave.
"I'm a 9/11-er so I was terrified, grabbed my stuff, threw it in a bag and ran. So I must say that the evacuation was very orderly and I just thank God that everything is well now," a worker told NY1.
No injuries associated with the evacuation were reported.
The World Financial Center is located across from the World Trade Center site and houses major financial institutions.