04/18/2013 10:34 am ET Updated Apr 18, 2013

Fake Bomb Left Outside Retired FDNY Firefighter Ed Green's Home In Brooklyn, Says NYPD

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A fake bomb was placed outside the Brooklyn home of a retired FDNY firefighter early Wednesday morning.

The Daily News reports the hoax was made with an empty propane tank that was "covered with masking tape and featuring a garage door opener keypad and wires sticking out."

At about 12:30AM, an unidentified person placed the fake device outside the home of former firefighter Ed Green in Bay Ridge, rang the doorbell, and then quickly fled.

The NYPD's bomb squad arrived at the scene and determined the contraption was bogus. Green's family members and neighbors were forced to evacuate from their homes.

It is not known why Green's home was targeted.

“I've been through 9/11 so it was no big deal for me. I was worried about my wife and kids,” Green said.

The NYPD has released a video of a person of interest in the incident. Cops describe him as an adult male with short, cropped hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing.

The scare comes amidst heightened security in New York City since the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.

In one 24-hour stretch after the Boston bombings, the NYPD received 77 reports of suspicious packages throughout the city.

Anyone with information about the fake bomb is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.