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'Law & Order' Caterers Leave Coffee Urn Near Manhattan Courthouse, Cause Scare

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- This one is certainly "ripped from the headlines."

A coffee urn left near a Manhattan courthouse by caterers for the television show "Law & Order: SVU'' caused a brief scare after it was mistaken for a suspicious package.

The urn was left in a red milk crate, wrapped in plastic wrap not far from the Manhattan state Supreme Civil Court building made famous by the long-running show. Scenes were being filmed on the courthouse steps Thursday morning.

Worth and Centre streets were closed to traffic as police investigated.

Police said the caterers had too much to carry and left the urn. While they were gone, someone called police to say a possible bomb was planted near the courthouse. The bomb squad responded and the area was briefly sealed off.

Police quickly determined it was safe.

The show, which airs on Wednesdays, had finished filming.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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