Sensitive information found in Thanksgiving Parade confetti

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By Sarah Barchus

Police are investigating how sensative documents were used as confetti last week in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, the Pioneer Press reported.

Saul Finkelstein, a Manhattan attorney, was watching the parade with his 18-year-old son when they saw what looked to be a Social Security number on a piece of confetti, the Cable News Network reported.

"There were shredded papers all over the place, like snowball size, all over the ground," Finkelstein said. "There were whole sentences, license plate numbers and police reports," CNN reported.

Finkelstein realized that the documents were from the Nassau County Police Department on Long Island, the Pioneer Press reported.

Finkelstein brought about 30 pieces of confetti home with him and on Sunday Nassau detectives picked up the material, the Pioneer Press reported.

The pieces of paper were found to have Nassau county police officers's and detectives's names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, banking information, and other personal information, CNN reported from its affiliate WPIX.

"The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents," Inspector Kenneth W. Lack. said, CNN reported.

Orlando Veras, a spokesman for Macy's, said the company didn't know how the documents ended up in the parade because Macy's uses multi-colored, manufactured confetti. However, he said that it is common for spectators to bring their own confetti to the parade, CNN reported.

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