FBI probing terrorism links after mystery beach explosion on Fox Island

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Detectives in Long Island, New York, are searching for a boat that was seen fleeing an uninhabited island after a suspected explosion left a crater on the beach and left residents in panic.

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The Suffolk Police Department is working with an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to determine whether the blast was a test for larger terrorist activity. news 12 Hudson Valley.

Officers received about 500 emergency calls to 911 after an explosion caused panic among residents in Suffolk County miles away.

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According to police, an unidentified device exploded on Fox Island off the coast of West Babylon at around 11.40 a.m. on Sunday, and a boat was seen leaving the island soon after.

Suffolk’s Acting Police Commissioner Stu Cameron said “terrorism is always a concern” because someone may be “testing” a device before using it. But they did not find any fragmentation from the blast site, he said.

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“We know that when people produce homemade explosives, they often want to test those explosives to make sure they work as intended,” Mr. Cameron said.

The mystery explosion left a crater 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep in the north of the island.

The Suffolk Police Department has released a photo of the boat that was seen fleeing the site. The island can only be reached by boat.

The 23-foot-long boat with stripes is now suspected to be linked to the blast, and officials have urged people to contact them for any information about the boat or the incident.

No casualties were reported after the incident and the police ruled out the possibility of a boom in the plane.

Officials in Babylon Town said residents of West Islip, about 16 km away, said their doorbell video cameras were activated after the explosion.

“An eruption had to be something significant of that size because it was felt as far east as East Islip” [about 25km from Fox Island], in Seville [35km away] And as far west… Merrick area [about 33km away],” said Babylonian city supervisor Richard Schaefer.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Terrorism

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