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.