WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Traffic was snagged and commuters were terrified on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel Tuesday evening, after someone called in a threat to police.
A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey representative told CBS 2 that around 5:15 p.m., Weehawken police received a 911 call from someone claiming there was a sniper on top of the Dykes Lumber Building, at 1899 Park Ave. in Weehawken.
The building overlooks the Lincoln Tunnel.
Weehawken police called Port Authority officials, and New Jersey State Police did a helicopter flyover but did not see anything suspicious, a Port Authority representative said.
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, officers also carried rifles on the ground as they searched the streets looking for the possible sniper.
The massive police response shut down 19th Street between Willow and Park avenues in Weehawken, not far from Lincoln Tunnel.
Police also ordered passengers off a Hudson-Bergen NJ TRANSIT Light Rail train near the Lincoln Harbor station just after 7 p.m.
Some passengers were visibly upset by the whole ordeal, while others had no idea what was happening when those heavily armed officers boarded the train.
“As soon as we saw all the commotion, we realized there was something going on in the back car. We saw people’s hands up. We thought maybe there was a stick-up. We didn’t really know what was going on,” said Daniel Nussbaum of Teaneck, New Jersey.