What looked like dynamite rigged by wires to a timer led to an evacuation Monday evening at the Nordson Coporation’s Amherst facility.
But the so-called threat turned out to be a working clock that had apparently been sitting on a desk for around 15 years.
“It seemed like somebody’s gag gift,” said Amherst fire chief Greg Knoll.
He said a new security guard found the suspected bomb at 7:49 p.m. in the company’s human resources wing.
Police advised an evacuation and accounted for all employees, establishing a perimeter.
Amherst police Lt. Mark Cawthon and Lt. Dan Makruski said the Lorain County Bomb Squad was called but was not dispatched. Provided with details, experts were confident over the phone that the situation wasn’t threatening.
Nordson safety and security manager Matt Doyle arrived about 40 minutes later and helped confirm the suspicious package to be a fake.
Police photo Resembling a bundle of dynamite linked to a detonator, this desk clock cause alarm Monday at the Nordson Corporation in Amherst.