Cologne bottle causes grenade scare in Seattle

SEATTLE -- A section of a downtown Seattle street was closed for about two hours Monday evening after someone reported seeing a man dressed in black clothes drop what looked like a hand grenade into a public trash compactor.

Police spokesman Jeff Kappel said Third Avenue near University Street was reopened to traffic after the item was examined and determined to be harmless, though it was ominous looking from a distance.

The item turned out to be a bottle of Viktor & Rolf "Spicebomb" men's cologne, which Kappel said looks similar to a "pineapple-style" hand grenade.

The item will be submitted into evidence for further forensic analysis.
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