Nomura Says Worker Brought ‘Inappropriate Item’ to Building

Nomura Holdings Inc. (8604) said it placed an employee on administrative leave who was responsible for bringing an “inappropriate item” into its New York offices after police said a fake grenade was found in the building.

Parts of 2 World Financial Center were evacuated today after security reported finding a suspicious package that contained something that resembled an explosive, police said.

A UPS package that was scanned in the building’s underground mailroom appeared to contain a grenade, the New York Police Department said in an e-mailed statement. The bomb squad discovered that it was a grenade-like novelty item mounted on a wooden plaque with a sign “Complaint Department: Please Take a Number,” according to the statement.

The package was ordered by an unidentified employee who had bought it from an Oklahoma City-based company that specializes in U.S. Marine Corps novelties, police said. There was no crime, according to the NYPD statement.

Nomura evacuated its U.S. headquarters in the building because of the police investigation and “returned to business as usual” after the all-clear, Jonathan Hodgkinson, a spokesman for Nomura, said in an e-mail. The employee, who wasn’t identified, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal review, said Hodgkinson, who declined to elaborate on the item or how it arrived.

The 44-story building, owned by Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (BPO), sits across from Ground Zero and was damaged during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It is home to the offices of Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch as well as Commerzbank AG (CBK) and Deloitte & Touche.

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