Suspicious package scare north of the W.T.C.

By KAITLYN MEADE  | The heightened security in New York City since the Boston Marathon bombings migrated to Tribeca on Monday morning when a bomb squad was called in to investigate an abandoned package, which proved to be harmless.

The package in question was left on a city bus April 22 as the bus parked for its last stop on Church and Worth Sts., nine blocks north of the World Trade Center. The package was reported at about 9:10 a.m., presumably by the bus driver as an N.Y.P.D. spokesperson said that the bus was empty of passengers at the time.

A Twitter post at 10:11 a.m. reported that the streets were blocked and buildings were asking employees to remain indoors.

Another tweet by @phdinweed reported that “They’re diverting all traffic from going down Church Street at Thomas…”

The police wrapped up the investigation by about 10:40 a.m., said a police source who added that the contents of the alarm-raising package turned out to be a pair of shoes.

The day before, a terminal of John F. Kennedy Airport was reportedly evacuated for over an hour, as a bomb squad investigated a package containing toothpaste, duct tape and wires.



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