Suspected NYC letter bomb may have been greeting card, authorities say
Authorities converged on an Israeli bank in Midtown Manhattan after a report of a possible letter bomb.
January 19th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Suspected NYC letter bomb may have been greeting card, authorities say

[Updated at 12:46 p.m.] There is no letter bomb at an Israeli bank in New York, authorities said after X-raying the package.

The letter had no return address and the name of the bank officer to whom it was addressed was misspelled, raising suspicions among bank employees, authorities said.

There were wires and a battery in the 6-by-3-inch envelope, but authorities said the envelope may contain an electronic or musical greeting card.

It is not clear whether employees who were evacuated from the building have been able to re-enter it. The area, which is just a few blocks from Radio City Music Hall, was not evacuated.

[Posted 12:25 p.m.] Police are investigating a possible letter bomb at an Israeli bank in New York, according to New York City Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

X-ray imaging revealed the potential device at a New York branch of Bank Hapoalim, he said.

The bank, located on the 11th floor of a skyscraper on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, has been closed, authorities said.

Fire vehicles, ambulances and police cars have converged on the area. A bomb squad and hazardous materials team is also on the scene.

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  1. COL. BAT GUANO

    Letter bombs are like James Bond crap! Ask the CIA!

    January 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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