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Police: Apparent Prank Call Sparked ‘Hostage Situation’ Near Kean University

Phony 911 Call Sent Cops To College Kids' House
Authorities in Kenilworth, New Jersey are trying to figure out who called in a false report of a hostage situation near Kean University. (Credit: CBS 2)

Authorities in Kenilworth, New Jersey are trying to figure out who called in a false report of a hostage situation near Kean University. (Credit: CBS 2)

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KENILWORTH, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — A hostage standoff in Kenilworth, New Jersey turned out to be a hoax, according to police.

Someone called 911 and directed law enforcement to a homeĀ  on Newark Avenue, where they claimed a Kean University student was holding his brother and sister hostage with a pipe bomb.

The call came from an outside line shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday and prompted HazMat, bomb, and SWAT teams to rush to the neighborhood and evacuate homes.

One student was led out of the home in handcuffs, he is now believed to be the victim of a prank, CBS 2 reported.

Students from a Kean University fraternity currently rent the house.

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