Police disposed of what it called an "improvised explosive device" found at the Home Depot store in Huntington, Suffolk County police said early Wednesday morning.
Details about what happened Monday are thin but police said they received a 911 call Monday at 4:11 p.m. about a letter warning of a bomb. Store management decided to close the store about 4:30 p.m., evacuating about 50 customers and employees.
Police found a suspicious package and "rendered it safe," the department said.
Monday night, Suffolk County police officers could be seen standing watch outside the Home Depot. Firetrucks from the Huntington Manor Fire Department and ambulances from the Huntington Community First Aid Squad were on standby around the lot near the Marshall's store and elsewhere.
No other stores or nearby homes were evacuated. The Suffolk County Police Department’s Emergency Services Section responded.
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The department said, "Members of the Suffolk County Police Department's Communications Section, Patrol Division, Special Patrol Bureau and Detective Division are very aware of the incident that occurred at the Home Depot in Huntington. They stand ready to respond to any call of a suspicious package in an expeditious manner. The Suffolk County Police Department is also working closely with the security personnel of Home Depot to help insure public safety."
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