HOBOKEN - Hoboken police and fire officials responded along with the Jersey City Bomb Squad on Monday night after there was a report of "some sort of noise at a mailbox" near the corner of Newark and Washington streets downtown. It turned out to be nothing more than a Blackberry alarm inside the mailbox, which served as a reminder for someone to take their medicine.
Washington Street was blocked off between Observer Highway and Second Street on Monday evening at around 10:30 p.m. after the Jersey City Bomb Squad was called "out of an abundance of caution," according to a city spokesperson.
Pedestrians and cars were re-routed from Washington Street as the bomb squad continued sorting through the contents of the mail with x-ray technology past midnight into early Tuesday morning. Authorities eventually found the beeping Blackberry, and not a bomb.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a statement early Tuesday morning.
"I thank the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments, Post Office, and the Jersey City bomb squad for their response and professionalism," Zimmer said.
Police and fire officials did not comment on the incident. - Ray Smith