By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Residents on one Bay Ridge block, whose nerves might have been jittery in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, had even more reason to be frightened when someone left what looked like a bomb on the front porch of a house on April 17.
The New York Daily News reported that the device was left on the doorstep of a retired New York City firefighter.
The news map on gothamist.com listed the location as Fifth Avenue and 68th Street.
The device consisted of a propane canister with electrical wires protruding out of it.
Several homes on the block were evacuated and detectives from the New York Police Department’s Bomb Squad were called in to examine the device.
The device turned out to be harmless, the Daily News reported.
State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said he was shocked at the prank. “After the horrific terrorist attacks in Boston on Monday, the idea of attempting to create panic with a lewd act of this nature is unconscionable,” Golden said.
“The perpetrators of this prank must be brought to justice, and I ask anyone with information to come forward. These childish pranks are no laughing matter. During a time of grave concern, when everyone is on heightened alert, to divert police and public resources for a gag is a criminal act, and should be treated as such,” Golden said.