Bridgeport officials give warning after fake explosive found

Posted: Updated:
BRIDGEPORT -

A stern warning from Bridgeport officials after they say a fake explosive device tied up first responders for an hour and a half.

They say somebody used a peanut-butter jar and Play-Doh to fashion a bomb-like device, which was then left in somebody's mailbox on Wheeler Avenue Friday afternoon. 

Officials say it's a serious crime to scare the public and waste the valuable time of busy first responders.

"This type of hoax, this type of prank, it tied up several police units, several fire units, and several members of their DEEP and also the Connecticut State Police were responding with their bomb unit," says Chief Richard Thode. "So these types of pranks, though they seem kind of harmless, they really drain the resources of the community and the state."

Police say they're examining surveillance video to try and track down the person who planted that device.

  • Connecticut Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Shelton man gets 25 years for shooting wife in head

    Shelton man gets 25 years for shooting wife in head

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 2:49 PM EDT2018-06-19 18:49:28 GMT
    Thomas Infante accepted a plea deal that calls for his 40-year sentence to be suspended after 25 years.Thomas Infante accepted a plea deal that calls for his 40-year sentence to be suspended after 25 years.

    A Milford court sentenced a Shelton man to decades in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife in front of two of their children.

    A Milford court sentenced a Shelton man to decades in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife in front of two of their children.

  • Forecast: Warm, late-day showers on Wednesday

    Forecast: Warm, late-day showers on Wednesday

    News 12 Connecticut Weather ForecastNews 12 Connecticut Weather Forecast

    Here's the latest News 12 Connecticut weather update.

    Here's the latest News 12 Connecticut weather update.

  • Border separation policy hits home for Stamford woman

    Border separation policy hits home for Stamford woman

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-06-19 19:46:54 GMT
    The current "zero-tolerance" policy for separating parents from their children at the United States border hits home for one Stamford woman.The current "zero-tolerance" policy for separating parents from their children at the United States border hits home for one Stamford woman.
    The current "zero-tolerance" policy for separating parents from their children at the United States border hits home for one Stamford woman.The current "zero-tolerance" policy for separating parents from their children at the United States border hits home for one Stamford woman.

    The current "zero-tolerance" policy for separating parents from their children at the United States border hits home for one Stamford woman.

    The current "zero-tolerance" policy for separating parents from their children at the United States border hits home for one Stamford woman.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

  • Connecticut Birthday Smiles

    Connecticut Birthday Smiles

    Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."