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Suspicious Devices That Prompted Nyack Nursing Home Evacuation ID'd

Two World War II-era hand grenades were found inside a resident's apartment at the Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home.
Two World War II-era hand grenades were found inside a resident's apartment at the Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department
Residents and police wait outside of the Tappan Zee Nursing Home in Nyack as officers search the complex for a reported suspicious device.
Residents and police wait outside of the Tappan Zee Nursing Home in Nyack as officers search the complex for a reported suspicious device. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Clarkstown Police have given the all-clear and returned residents to their homes after two hand grenades were found in a resident's apartment, causing an evacuation of the Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home Friday afternoon.

The facility, at 51 Mountview Ave., in Nyack, was evacuated around 2:53 p.m. Friday after a report of a suspicious device, said Clarkstown Officer Peter Walker.

An extensive search of the building was conducted and one training hand grenade and one metal hand grenade were found in the refrigerator of a 91-year-old male resident who is currently out of the facility for medical treatment, Walker said.

A cautionary sweep of the resident's vehicle was also conducted and no other devices were found, he added.

The Rockland County Sheriff's Bomb Squad removed the two devices and they will X-ray the devices to see if they are "live" grenades, Walker said.

"They appear to be World War II-era devices. All residents have been returned to the home and the incident is all clear at this time," Walker said.

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