Cops: Grenade report leads to not-so-explosive discovery

Not so explosive discovery: Cops found a replica grenade, called a “nurd,” at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway on Tuesday morning.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Call it revenge of the nurds.

Someone called 911 on Tuesday morning claiming that an explosive was found on Ocean Parkway, but — following an investigation that halted traffic along the heavily-travelled thoroughfare for more than an hour — all cops found was a fake grenade called a “nurd.”

A patrol car responded to the scene near Kings Highway at 9:15 am, confirming that a grenade was found sitting amidst a thatch of weeds at the base of a tree.

The NYPD Bomb Squad cordoned off a four-block radius around the potential explosive, causing a massive traffic jam as cars were rerouted to other avenues.

But, luckily, all of the precautions were unnecessary: the Bomb Squad determined that the grenade was an inert replica — probably a novelty item or a prop from a movie, police sources say.

Cops are now looking for the person who left the fake grenade by the tree, but admitted it was going to be difficult to track the would-be prankster down.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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