Cops: Prank call prompts police activity in Kenilworth

Neighbors were evacuated from Newark Avenue just before 3 p.m. as SWAT teams, bomb squad units and local fire departments descended upon the home.

Neighbors were evacuated from Newark Avenue just before 3 p.m. as SWAT teams, bomb squad units and local fire departments descended upon the home. (7/21/13)

KENILWORTH - Authorities say a prank phone call led to a major police response in Kenilworth.

Police say someone reported that two people were taken hostage by a man armed with a pipe bomb on Newark Avenue. For two hours, police and the Union County SWAT team surrounded the home until they made contact with the man who lives there.

They say the man had no bombs or hostages, and he had no idea what was going on outside his front door.

Kenilworth Police Chief Jon Zimmerman says someone using a voice disguiser called in the threat as a prank. He says they are investigating to determine who made the call so they can prosecute the caller to the full extent of the law.

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