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NYC authorities probe confetti made from police documents

Authorities are investigating how shredded police documents got tossed as confetti to spectators at last week's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Thanksgiving Day Parade confetti contained Social Security and licence plate numbers

Garbage and confetti lie on the ground after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Nov. 22. Officials are now investigating after it was pointed out that Social Security and licence plate numbers were printed on the shredded paper. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Authorities are investigating how shredded police documents got tossed as confetti to spectators at last week's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Manhattan attorney Saul Finkelstein says he and his son, Ethan, noticed that some of the confetti included Social Security and licence plate numbers. Some information appeared to have come from the Nassau County Police Department on New York's Long Island.

Finkelstein says he saw massive amounts of the confetti, but he and his son only took about 30 pieces home with them. Detectives from Long Island picked up the material Sunday.

A department spokesman said Monday that an investigation is under way. It will include a review of procedures for disposing of sensitive documents.