Cops evacuate Greenwood Home Depot due to ‘hoax device’

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Police evacuated The Home Depot on Hamilton Avenue in Greenwood Heights due to a suspicious device Friday, Jan. 22.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Police and firefighters evacuated the Home Depot in Greenwood Heights on Friday morning after reports of a suspicious item in the store, which turned out to be a “hoax device,” according to the authorities.

The NYPD sent in their Bomb Squad and Emergency Service Units to the home improvement store at Hamilton Avenue near 17th Street and the Gowanus Canal at 8:15 am, according to a police spokeswoman.

Police and firefighters investigating the scene near the Gowanus Canal.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The spokeswoman said that the Bomb Squad determined the item was a “hoax device” and brought it back to their lab, but declined to say what the object was. 

First responders cordoned off the lot and workers looked on from outside the perimeter, photos of the scene show.

Workers and onlookers wait outside The Home Depot at Hamilton Avenue.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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