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Explosive vest detonated by bomb squad turns out to be Hollywood prop

Posted at 7:10 PM, May 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-10 19:10:48-04

The bomb squad descended on a Clifton, NJ, pawn shop Thursday night after receiving a call from the owner about a suspicious vest with various wires and electronics attached to it.

The suspected explosive device was part of a collection of items acquired from a storage unit four weeks ago, according to NJ.com.  The surrounding six blocks were evacuated after a bomb squad, sheriff’s officers and police responded to the scene.

The vest was detonated in the street after several nervous hours, and turned out to be a dud.

“We treated it as if it were (an explosive),” Bracken told NJ.com. “But it was not an explosive device. All indications are it was a movie prop.”

No one was injured during the operation.