A strange package left behind a concrete barrier at a Manhattan depot and found on Friday evening was safely filled with an array of 1,000 condoms and not explosives or other hazardous materials.
Port Authority police spokesman, Joseph Pentangelo, said the silver messenger-style bag was left in a lane next to the doors of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station’s waiting room in Manhattan. The station is currently under an extensive renovation.
Police officers on patrol at the Manhattan depot found the suspicious package and reported it at about 5 p.m., according to NJ.com. Their concern about the odd silver bag was very real and was taken very seriously by police officers from New York and New Jersey.
According to the Associated Press, the George Washington Bridge Bus Station soon became the scene of cautious and concerned police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey armed with specially-trained canine units.
The police and canines inspected the bag but there was no indication of any explosives, so the bag was opened. Much to the surprise of the officers, there were around 1,000 condoms for men and women inside. The condoms were individually wrapped, made by different brands, and were of different styles.
“The bag and its contents were vouchered,” Pentangelo said. “Thus far, no owner has come forward.”
Pedestrian and vehicular traffic had to be redirected for a short amount of time in order for police and canine units to inspect the package safely and in a secure manner.
At the very least, the owner of the bag was playing it safe. Condoms, when used properly, are well-known to prevent STDs and pregnancy. When left behind in a bus depot, the condoms may cause quite a ruckus.
Whether the bag was left behind the barrier intentionally or accidentally remains a mystery, as no note or other items were left behind with the messenger bag.
If left accidentally, someone who left or arrived in Manhattan is missing a whole lot of condoms at the moment.
[Photo via Port Authority Police]