Lantern, Mistaken for Grenade, Causes Scare at Times Square Subway Station

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Monday, Oct 21, 2013  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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Lantern, Mistaken for Grenade, Causes Scare at Times Square Subway Station

Trains bypassed a Times Square subway station for more than an hour Monday because a Chinese lantern on the tracks was mistaken for a grenade, according to a law enforcement official.

Police were at the 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue station from about 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. after the object was spotted. The station was evacuated as officers investigated.

Service was later restored after the battery-operated lantern was deemed safe. 

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