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Bomb scare at Petraeus' office caused by 'novelty' grenade

Oct. 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- New York police said Gen. David Petraeus' office was evacuated due to the presence of a grenade that turned out to be a fake mailed by a friend.

The New York Police Department said Petraeus' secretary opened a package around noon Tuesday at his office in the Solow Building and discovered what she believed to be a real grenade, NY1 news reported Wednesday.

Police evacuated the office and shut down the street outside. The object was brought to the building's courtyard, where it was found to be a "novelty item" sent to the general by a friend, police said.

It was unclear Wednesday whether Petraeus was inside the building at the time of the incident.

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