A prop left over from Halloween resulted in a bomb scare Wednesday outside a shopping mall on Montrose Road, Niagara Regional Police reported.
Police were summoned to Niagara Square shortly before noon to investigate a report of a bomb in a car. A suspicious package had been left in the back seat of a car in the parking lot, police were told.
The surrounding parking area was cordoned off for about an hour, after which time the "bomb" was found to be a fake. The driver of the car was located inside the mall, police said.
The "bomb" had been in the car since Halloween, when it served as part of a costume, police said.