Suspicious Letters Prompt Concern At Southampton Town Hall

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UPDATE, Thursday, 1:40 p.m.

Three letters delievered to Southampton Town Hall this afternoon with suspicious addresses have been declared safe, Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison said.

Det. Lamison opened the three letters, which were suspicious because they lacked a return address, shortly after three offices within Town Hall were cleared earlier this afternoon. It has been determined that the letters do not pose a threat and all offices within Town Hall have reopened.

UPDATE, Thursday, 1:32 p.m.

Police have no indication that there is anything dangerous emanating from the letters at this point, officials have confirmed.

According to Lt. Mohl, the Suffolk County Emergency Services team was called in purely as a precaution due to recent national events.

“We don’t have any indication that there is anything dangerous or anything spilling out of them,” Lt. Mohl said. “But in this climate these days we have to treat this kind of thing seriously, so we have Suffolk County Emergency Services coming out.”

ORIGINAL STORY

Suspicious items of mail at Southampton Town Hall led to the shutdown of several offices, though not the entire building, early Thursday as hazmat crews, police and firefighters were summoned to deal with the situation.

Three letters delivered to Town Hall attracted suspicion because of the way they were addressed, according to Lieutenant Christopher Mohl of the Southampton Village Police Department. As a precaution, the mail room at Town Hall was shut down, and the human resources and business management office room was secured. There was no evacuation of the building.

Lt. Mohl said there was no visible evidence of hazardous contents, but as a precaution the area was secured and Suffolk County Emergency Services was called to remove the items.

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