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Discarded Party Popper Clears Closter Stop & Shop

The wrapping paper roll.
The wrapping paper roll. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Closter PD
The Bergen County Bomb Squad joined local police and firefighters at the scene.
The Bergen County Bomb Squad joined local police and firefighters at the scene. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo

CLOSTER, N.J. -- A used party popper left in a shopping cart in the middle of the Closter Stop & Shop parking lot cleared the supermarket Tuesday afternoon.

"It's nothing serious," Detective Sgt. Vincent Aiello told Daily Voice. "It was considered very suspicious because of its location in the middle of a busy parking lot.

"It also had been partially used, which "made it appear at first that it had been modified somehow," Aiello said.

A store employee who found it moved the cart to the west side of the store, away from the other cars, the sergeant said.

Responding police officers moved it further away and evacuated the store and parking lot, he said.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and K-9 units responded and determined that the roll didn't contain any explosives.

Everything quickly returned to normal.

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