ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (UPDATE) -- Someone's idea of a joke could lead to serious charges after the Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad determined there was nothing harmful inside a duct-taped refrigerator that someone propped against a support beam of a Route 4 overpass in Englewood on Saturday morning, authorities said.
However, there was enough evidence inside the full-sized appliance at the South Dean Street underpass "that could lead us to whoever was responsible," Detective Capt. Tim Torell told Daily Voice.
A threatening message scrawled on the refrigerator "could be seen by anyone from the roadway just 15 feet away," Torell said after the highway and local street were reopened Saturday afternoon.
They had been closed for more than an hour while experts investigated.
"It wasn't like when someone dumps a refrigerator -- and there has been illegal dumping in the area," Torell said. "It wasn't laying haphazardly on its side."Someone deliberately leaned it up against a support beam of the overpass."
Whoever is found responsible will be charged with causing a false public alarm, he added.
Police got a call at 11:15 p.m."The writing caused us great concern," Torell said, without specifying what it said. "If it's a joke, it's not very funny." The sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected valuable evidence, the captain noted.
He asked that anyone who saw anything or has information that could help the investigation call Englewood police: (201) 568-2711 .