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Bergen Bomb Squad: Sand Found In Fair Lawn Suspicious Bag

The scene in downtown Fair Lawn. Photo Credit: Chris Kretschmer
Officer strings caution tape around shopping center. Photo Credit: Chris Kretschmer
Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad Photo Credit: Kyle Mazza
Fair Lawn and Bergen County authorities rushed to the scene. Photo Credit: Kyle Mazza

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- The Bergen County Sheriff's Office gave the all-clear at 11:20 a.m. Monday after finding sand inside a zipper bag left outside a Turkish restaurant in Fair Lawn's Radburn section.

A customer at Plaza Nails in the Radburn Plaza Building directed police to the soft-farbric, lime-green bag on the sidewalk in front of the Istanbul Café & Grill next door just after 10 a.m., Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

Fair Lawn police evacuated all three floors of the building and closed Plaza Road between Fair Lawn Avenue and Howard Avenue and High Street between Plaza Road and Abbott Road.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad X-rayed the package, which contained sand that was used to hold down the café’s sidewalk sign during a windy weekend, Metzler said.

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