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Cops: Grenade replica found on Midwood street

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That's no acorn! Cops were called to Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway on Wednesday morning after someone found what appeared to be a grenade in a thatch of weeds.
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Cops cordoned off a four-block area, fearing that the grenade would go off.
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More and more police officers from the 61st Precinct stopped by to take a look at the would-be grenade while the NYPD Bomb Squad was en route.
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If you were hoping for an explosion, you're going to be disappointed. After closing off Ocean Parkway for more than an hour, NYPD Bomb Squad personnel declared that the grenade was inert and wouldn't go boom.
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Nurd alert: Police sources said that the grenade was in fact a realistic replica called a nurd, which are used as props in action movies.

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.
Updated 1:30 pm, August 16, 2012
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