Suspicious Device Forces Hudson Valley School to Evacuate
What appeared to be a bomb forced multiple buildings to be evacuated and a local school to cancel classes.
On Wednesday around 10 a.m., the City of Newburgh Police Department received a phone call about a suspicious device inside of the parking garage of 3 Washington Center, near SUNY Orange in Newburgh.
Arriving officers found the device and the decision was made to recommend evacuating the building until a bomb unit could get on scene. The county-owned complex houses several tenants including Orange Works Career Center and a Newburgh Social Security office.
The suspicious device also forced students and faculty at the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange to evacuate and canceled all classes for the remainder of the day.
"While the Maple Building is not owned or operated by the College, its adjacency to our buildings certainly places it squarely within our Newburgh campus community," SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young said.
The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office bomb unit responded to the scene, assessed the device, and determined that the device was a hoax and not a danger to the public, police say. The device was taken by the City of Newburgh crime scene unit for further processing.
The device was a wire from an old computer router, attached to a cigarette lighter, NBC reports.
Once the device was in police custody a search of 3 Washington Center was conducted by police K-9 units from multiple law enforcement agencies. No other devices were located. A check of the exterior was also conducted and no devices were found, police say.
At this time there does not appear to be any danger to the public, however, police are actively investigating how the device got into the garage.
Classes are back on at SUNY Orange in Newburgh on Thursday.
"SUNY Orange continues to maintain safe environments on both campuses, but it is important that we remain vigilant always. The adage of 'See Something. Say Something' holds true now more than ever. I ask each member of the SUNY Orange community to keep your eyes and ears open so we can continue to assemble, teach and learn in surroundings that enhance our academic and personal growth," Young said.
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