BAYONNE -- An employee of Radio Shack on Broadway received a call from an unknown male around midday on July 25 threatening to blow up the store, police said.
Bayonne police and fire units arrived a few minutes later, closing the street between 22nd and 23rd Streets and evacuating buildings on that block.
“The unknown male threatened to blow up the store,” said Police Chief Ralph Scianni. “We evacuated the Radio Shack and the adjacent stores. We cordoned off the area from vehicular and pedestrian traffic and then brought in our K-9 dog, Willie, and his handler. We also notified the Jersey City Bomb Squad which brought in their truck as well as their K-9, Rommel and his handler. An interior check of the store came up with negative results. After the area was searched with dogs and other personnel we reopened the street to vehicles and pedestrians. Officers were placed on patrol there for the remainder of the day. The store manager contacted the district manager for Radio Shack Corporation.”
Scianni said there was no device or package, just a threat. He said Bayonne detectives are conducting an investigation.”