An explosion occurred behind a mysterious crater on an uninhabited Suffolk County island over the weekend, police said.
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Suffolk County Police said around 11 a.m. Sunday it received dozens of 911 calls, reporting a loud noise heard on the South Shore.
Marine Bureau officials found a 4-feet-wide 2-feet-deep crater on the north side of Granthshala Island off the coast of the city of Babylon at around 11:40 a.m., officials said.
Officials said the crater appeared to have been created when a device was deliberately detonated. No one got injured.
Police said clamorers in the area told officers they had seen sand rising on Granthshala Island.
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Police said the device was not a pipe bomb as no shrapnel was found. Officials said it left behind more sand displacement than the M80.
According to the police, the incident does not appear to be an accident.
Suffolk County Acting Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron said at a news conference Monday, “We know that when people produce homemade explosives, they often want to test those explosives to make sure they are Working with intent.” “So that’s one of our concerns, and that’s why we want to determine what happened” [Sunday] Morning.”
Suffolk County Police released a photo of a striped vessel that was seen leaving the area at the time of the explosion.
It appears that there were “two, perhaps three youths” aboard the boat, Babylonian observer Rich Schaefer. told WCBS-TV,
Officials said terrorism is “always a concern, but not the main focus of the investigation”.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is also investigating the blast, according to police.
“I hope we can chalk it up to Knucklehead who did something that just got out of control and they’re lucky they’re still alive,” Schaefer Granthshala 5. told,