Jay Z’s first 40/40 Club was the site of a bomb scare Tuesday (Oct. 21), reports the New York Daily News. Surveillance footage from outside the location captured a male carrying a contraption originally believed to be an explosive.
The man dropped the device, which was two pieces of wood held together by wires, at a phone booth outside the New York City hot spot at around 3 a.m., and then walked away. Police weren’t called to the location until 7 a.m. that morning.
A counter-terrorism bomb squad determined that the item was not an explosive. The scare was said to be a hoax meant to strike fear in passersby, and not directed at the 40/40 club.
Hov’s flagship sports bar opened in 2003. It was shut down in 2012 for health code violations, and reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation.
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