FBI agent hurt in flash grenade accident in federal building

- A flash grenade accidentally discharged at a federal building in Lower Manhattan Wednesday afternoon, injuring an agent, officials said.

The grenade went off at about 1 p.m. inside the underground garage at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza, according to the NYPD and FBI.

An FBI special agent suffered "non-life threatening injuries," the FBI said in a statement emailed to Fox 5. "We have no further information to provide regarding the agent's condition, and there is no threat to public safety at this time."

The FBI referred to the incident as an "accidental discharge of a diversion device."

NYPD Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald tweeted that "a flash bang went off inadvertently" and that the agent was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The agent had a hand wound, the AP reported.

Early reports indicated that an explosion occurred in the building, but Donald said on Twitter that "no explosion" happened.

Built in the 1960s, 26 Federal Plaza houses several federal agencies, including the FBI, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and others.

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