A security screener at Two World Financial Center noticed a suspicious package and called the NYPD at 10:53 am Thursday morning, WSJ
reports. A bomb squad was reportedly dispatched immediately, and everyone was ordered by the building's security staff to evacuate the building.
WSJ reports that a spokesman for American Express, which is located in Three World Financial Center said his building was not evacuated, but that he had indeed heard about the package arriving at Two World Financial Center. He and his colleagues were not given any instructions to evacuate their building, however
The NYPD bomb squad later determined the item was a "novelty grenade toy" mounted on a plaque with a sign that read: "Complaint Dept. Take A Number," ABC News
The grenade toy had been sent to Nomura Holdings, a financial service tenant at Two World Financial Center, Reuters
Reuters reports that employees have been allowed back in the building.
The World Financial Center is across the street from the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Due to damage from the attacks, the building was closed for repairs until May 2002.