Bomb Scare at Tonawanda Business

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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Bomb Scare at Tonawanda Business

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT


Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) - A bomb squad has cleared a business in Tonawanda on Military Road on Tuesday morning -- now it turns out that call was linked to a grenade found in a car in Le Roy.

Lt. Nick Bado tells Eyewitness News that Anderson Equipment Company and nearby businesses on Military Road were evacuated from about 8:40 to 10:00 in the morning.

Bado says a worker at the business thought he saw a grenade in a toolbox owned in Paul Kaiser's workspace area.

26-year-old Paul Kaiser was arrested on Monday after a grenade was found in his vehicle, during a routine traffic stop in Le Roy, New York.

Tonawanda Police and the Erie County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad responded to the business on Tuesday morning.

They examined the device. It turned out to be a novelty item and did not pose a threat to the business.

No charges were filed in Tuesday's incident against Kaiser, because officers believe the device was not intended to cause a threat or scare.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is still investigating. Investigators have swept the rest of the building and deemed it safe.