Seven people said to be working for a reality show produced by Endemol Shine for CNBC were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport with a fake explosive.
According to the TSA, they “attempted to intentionally carry through the security checkpoint an item in a carry-on bag that had all of the makings of an improvised explosive device. At the same time, others in the group covertly filmed the encounter.”
NJ.com cited law enforcement sources in identifying the people as Endemol Shine crew members working for a CNBC show, and said that “the fake explosive device was a length of PVC pipe with wires sticking out from it. A bomb tech with the TSA determined that the device posed no threat, and that eight people were taken into custody.”
Endemol Shine—which produces CBS’ Big Brother and Fox’s MasterChef, among other shows—said in a statement to NJ.com that they “are looking into the details of what happened” and added, “we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused.”
The show that was being filmed is not yet known.
However, Endemol Shine North America currently produces Billion Dollar Buyer for CNBC, and the network just announced a new show set in New York and produced by Left Hook Media and Endemol Shine North America: Staten Island Hustle, which “follows a group of animated, life-long friends and businessmen from Staten Island who’ve yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in.”
Update: The crew was filming Staten Island Hustle, according to a report from CBS New York.