NYC Police Seek Man Whose Fake Bomb Shut Down Wall Street

New York police said they’re searching for a man who placed a fake explosive device on a barrier on Wall Street this morning, forcing the shutdown of part of the road.

Police were called to the area of 40 Wall Street at about 9:30 a.m. after a woman saw a man attaching a device to a street barrier, Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, said today in a phone interview.

The inert device turned out to be a thumb drive wrapped in putty and clay that was “probably intended to cause some kind of disruption,” Browne said. No evacuations were required and the street was reopened at around 11 a.m., he said.

“The way it was done, where it was placed and its components were done in a way to give the impression of some sort of explosive device,” Browne said.

The barrier was in front of the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street, which is described on its website as the tallest office building in downtown New York.

The 70-story structure, located across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, was completed in 1930 and was the tallest building in the world until it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building, according to Emporis.com, which collects building data.

It was purchased by real estate developer Donald Trump in December 1995 for a price estimated below $8 million.

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