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Bomb Scare: Suspicious Shoes Found At Ridgewood Train Station Harmless

Bomb Squad technician at Ridgewood train station.
Bomb Squad technician at Ridgewood train station. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo
Shoes removed.
Shoes removed. Photo Credit: Anthony Damiano
Police shut down surrounding roads.
Police shut down surrounding roads. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo
Bergen County Bomb Squad on scene.
Bergen County Bomb Squad on scene. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (UPDATE) -- What turned out to be a harmless pair of shoes found under a bench on at the Ridgewood train station temporarily shut down service and forced area roads closed.

An NJ Transit officer noticed the shoes under a platform bench around 8:45 a.m. and notified superiors, who summoned the Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad.

"The shoes had some type of wire under them," NJT's Lisa Torbic told Daily Voice. "Turned out they were harmless."

Village police closed down area streets during the removal and the Main/ Bergen and Port Jervis lines were temporarily suspended, Torbic said.

Authorities gave the all-clear and resumed service around 10:10 a.m., she said. Half-hour delays were reported.

A little over a half-hour later, the bomb squad headed to Tenafly, where a child’s old plastic toy, “probably left as garbage,” was found in a small cardboard box in a plastic bag left outside the Stop & Shop.

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