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May 11, 2017 4:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Grenade Detonated At Hampton Bays Transfer Station; Roads Open Back Up

Southampton Town Police have closed off all roads within a mile of what appears to be a hand grenade that was found along North Sea Road on Thursday.  AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jul 19, 2017 12:01 PM

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

Suffolk County Bomb Squad members transported the grenade to the Hampton Bays transfer station, where the grenade was detonated, according to police.

Lt. Ralph said all roads were opened by 6:15 p.m.

UPDATE: 6:40 p.m.

Lt. Ralph confirmed that the object found on Thursday was a rusty grenade, though she did not know if it was live or not.

Live or a dud, Lt. Ralph said crews were treating it as if it were live.

No other information was available.


An object appearing to be a hand grenade was found along North Sea Road between Sandy Hollow and Henry roads in North Sea on Thursday afternoon, forcing the closure of multiple streets and the evacuation of several dozen nearby homes, according to Southampton Town Police.

Southampton Town Fire Police said the potential explosive was found under debris along North Sea Road while a utility company was performing routine maintenance on power lines.

The Suffolk County Emergency Unit Bomb Squad has been notified and is responding to the scene, according to authorities.

Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph confirmed that an object appearing to be a grenade was found by Asplundh crews that were clearing limbs from power lines in the area. She said that police have closed off all roads within a mile of the device, and evacuated all homes within that area.

Southampton School District officials sent a message to parents stating that the police activity is preventing buses from passing through the area, and that those forced to turn around are being sent back to the school.

The device is the second explosive found in the area in less than two weeks. On April 29, an explosive was found on one of the rocks forming the jetty on Long Beach in Sag Harbor. The explosive, which had the consistency of putty, was removed by the Bomb Squad and detonated on the beach to avoid transporting it.

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A lot of unstable people out here. Is that considered a pre-existing condition under the AHCA?
By johnj (1019), Westhampton on May 11, 17 4:44 PM
By cox3500 (4), Southampton on May 11, 17 5:40 PM
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Iraq, Syria, North Sea.
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on May 11, 17 6:00 PM

Thank you to Asplundh Tree Expert Company for taking the right steps to protect our community today. Thank you also to Suffolk County Police who took good care of our community until the threat was gone.
By QuietLife (61), Southampton on May 11, 17 7:38 PM
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I guess it does pay off when you have one guy working and 7 guys watching!
By Mouthampton (436), Southampton on May 12, 17 11:06 AM
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Is this explosive a nonstory too?

How many explosives does it take befornit is a story?
By even flow (985), East Hampton on May 12, 17 6:38 AM
Don't make a big deal about this, someone probably just dropped their grenade by accident.
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on May 12, 17 8:17 AM
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Did the SHTPD look at the serial/ID # on the grenade? I remember a story here back in the 90's about the SHTPD getting grenades & launchers delivered. There was also a bay constable in WHB who liked to fish with grenades. Are all the weapons & devices @ the SHTPD accounted for?
By G (339), Southampton on May 12, 17 8:45 AM
Great, now you want them to ban grenade fishing too? Will the East End get to keep any of it's traditions?
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on May 12, 17 12:24 PM
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Reminds me of an old joke about a Bayman that wen out every morning at 5 and was at the dock loaded by 7. All he took was a lunch box and a didding net. A DEC officer asked if he could tag along one morning.

They steamed out for 10 minutes and the Bayman opened his lunch box. Inside were 4 grenades. He took one out, pulled the pin and threw it. After the explosion, a bushel of porgies floated up. The DEC agent started saying how he was going to arrest the Bayman etc. The old Bayman pulled ...more
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on May 14, 17 8:25 AM
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