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 home on Newark Avenue, where they claimed a Kean University student was holding his brother and sister hostage with a pipe bomb.READ MORE: Appointments No Longer Needed At NYC's COVID Vaccination Sites; Anyone 16+ May Walk In, Mayor De Blasio Announces
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.READ MORE: Ghislaine Maxwell Due In Manhattan Federal Court On New Sex Trafficking Charges Allegedly Involving 14-Year-Old
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.MORE NEWS: Long Island Boy Who Is Visually Impaired Receives Toddler Cane From Local Nonprofit
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