Singing card causes Israeli bank bomb scare

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011
Bank Hapoalim staff are now back at work

Bank Hapoalim staff are now back at work

A bomb-scare at the Manhattan headquarters of an Israeli bank turned out to be nothing more than a joke birthday card.

The Bank Hapoalim building was evacuated earlier today because of fears that it had been targeted by extremists.

However police, investigating what had set the alarm off, found that the “suspicious package” was actually a musical greeting card.

Security staff raised the alert due to the lack of return address given and a spelling mistake on the address.

But the small battery and wires were there only to play a cheery tune to the recipient. Staff have now been allowed back to work.

Last updated: 6:03pm, January 19 2011