JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Turns out it was a false alarm.

After spending three hours scrambling to rescue what was believed to be a man who fell down a manhole in Jersey City, rescuers came up with garbage.

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Literally.

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Rescue workers responded to the scene at Halliday and Forrest Streets. They set up equipment to go hunting for what they believed was a worker who fell into the manhole.

They donned hazardous materials suits and entered the narrow space.

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All they turned up was a bag of garbage.