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Islip Town Hall, Suffolk DSS Evacuated in Bomb Scare

A Suffolk County police officer in a bomb suit (center) responded to a bomb threat at the social services building in Hauppauge on Thursday.

Islip Town Hall was evacuated Wednesday following the second bomb threat in eight weeks—although this time, the caller also threatened the Suffolk County Department of Social Services building in Hauppauge.

A police spokeswoman said a man called in the threats from a pay phone shortly before 10 a.m. Police evacuated and searched both buildings. They let workers back in after nothing was found inside.


Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., a private company in a building next to the social services building, was also evacuated as a precaution.

Officers found an “item of interest” on Wireless Boulevard, near the social services building, the spokeswoman said.

Islip town employees were allowed back inside at about 10:30 a.m.

The last threat against town hall came on Nov. 17 at about the same time in the morning. The town’s public safety commissioner at the time said the call came from a pay phone in Central Islip. Police could not say where the call came from this time.

No arrests have been made while police are continuing the investigation.

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