Suspicious Vest Bought by NJ Thrift Shop Might Have Been Movie Prop - NBC New York

Suspicious Vest Bought by NJ Thrift Shop Might Have Been Movie Prop



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    A suspicious vest with wires and a switch was found among items that a northern New Jersey thrift shop purchased from a storage locker in California, and police detonated it early Friday.

    The explosion rattled downtown Clifton early Friday. Later, police said the vest appeared to be a movie prop.

    The husband and wife who own New 4 U Thrift and Vintage Shop on Lakeview Avenue said they buy the contents of unclaimed storage units and sell those items in their shop. 

    When they opened a recently purchased package Thursday, they said they found what looked like a "bomb vest" with wires and a hand switch attached.

    "I really thought it was a prop," Renee Dimitros said. As her husband was holding it, Dimitros said she started to think it looked more like a vest. Then he appeared to trigger something.

    "All of a sudden I see lights going off on it," Dimitros said. "I said, 'Wait a minute, wait a minute.' I look a little closer. I said, 'Oh my God, this is a bomb, holy crow.'"

    The couple then called police, who responded to the store and took the device outside. A four-block area was evacuated as bomb squad members detonated the vest, and witnesses said the explosion could be heard from miles away.

    No one was injured. 

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