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Bomb squad gives all clear after Queens mall evacuation Monday morning

A 'hoax device' was found inside a vehicle near the shopping center

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NYPD vehicle in Manhattan New York
NYPD vehicle in Manhattan New York
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Updated: January 4, 2021 - 2:51pm

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New York City law enforcement investigators have given the all clear following reports Monday morning of a Tesla containing propane tanks near a Queens shopping center that caused an evacuation of the area. 

Law enforcement officers in New York ordered the evacuation of the Queens Place Mall after authorities received a call about the suspicious vehicle at the opening of business on Monday. 

There was, for a time, a significant presence of emergency personnel and vehicles surrounding the 56th Avenue shopping center, before investigators gave the all clear late Monday morning.

The suspicious package, located inside a black Tesla with stolen Nevada license plates, was deemed a "hoax device" by the NYPD. Authorities continue to search for the driver. 

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