Photo by Bryan Boyhan; Sag Harbor Village Police and officers from Suffolk County Bomb Squad responded to Long Wharf on Tuesday night after a small amount of explosives were discovered in the truck of a man repairing the finger docks on the wharf.
By Kathryn G. Menu
On Tuesday night around 5:45 p.m., Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf was cordoned off after village police said a man working on repairs to the village’s finger docks approached police and said he found explosive material in North Haven. Police said the man brought the material to Long Wharf where he was working and flagged down a police officer.
According to Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeff Proctor, the material was found in a mass of rocks the marine contractor was restoring in front of a private home in North Haven Village.
Detective Proctor said he believes what happened was the rocks used in the revetment replacement were sourced from a quarry, which used the explosives to break up larger boulders and then payload the smaller rocks into a dump truck where they are delivered to the work site. This material, said Detective Proctor, did not detonate.
According to Detective Proctor, who was on duty Tuesday evening with officer Nick Samot, police immediately decided to air on the side of caution, cordoned off Long Wharf and contacted Suffolk County Emergency Services bomb squad. The squad arrived around 7 p.m., said Detective Proctor, and safely transported the explosives in a secure container to Havens Beach, where it was detonated.
Residents around Sag Harbor were contacted by Suffolk County Police via a recorded message to warn them about the detonation, which was heard as far away as North Haven Village.
Proctor and Samot were the only officers on duty Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Detective Proctor said because of that, an alarm call had to wait two hours while the explosives were secured.
“Obviously, safety comes before security,” he said.