It was an incident that could be summed up by the word “oops”. According to UPI today, a theater prop made to look like a bomb was discarded outside a Manhattan apartment building and subsequently sparked a scare that forced a bomb squad to be called in.
23-year-old playwright Ethan Fishbane had directed a show called the “American Suicide Bomber Association” and was cleaning out his apartment earlier this week when he tossed a fake suicide bomb from the production in the trash.
“I didn’t think twice about it, because, literally, it’s two blocks of clay . . . a calculator that’s cut in half, and some wires from a Gameboy,” Fishbane said. “It’s stupid stuff. And the belt was actually like a workout belt, something I got at a Sports Authority.”
Throwing out the prop proved to be a mistake, however, as the building’s superintendent saw it the next day and called police. The NYPD Bomb Squad, Emergency Service Unit and Sixth Precinct, and several detectives all responded to the call and went through multiple garbage bags in the area.
ABC News reported that despite the incident, Fishbane praised the NYPD’s “wholly appropriate” response, while UPI added that he said he doesn’t plan on writing plays revolving around bombs in the foreseeable future.