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‘Terrorism is still a concern’: FBI tracks fleeing boat after mysterious beach explosion

Detectives on Long Island in New York are looking for a boat that was seen fleeing an uninhabitable island following a suspected explosion that left a crater on the beach and panicked residents.

The Suffolk Police Department is working with a Joint FBI Terrorism Task Force to determine if the blast was a test for more significant terrorist activity, reported News 12 Hudson Valley.

Authorities received around 500 emergency 911 calls after an explosion caused panic among residents miles around Suffolk County.

Police said an unknown device exploded on Fox Island, off the west coast of Babylon, around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, and a boat was seen leaving the island shortly thereafter.

Acting Suffolk Police Commissioner Stu Cameron said “terrorism is always a concern” because someone might have “tested” a device before using it. But they found no fragmentation at the site of the explosion, he added.

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

A 4-foot-wide and 2-foot-deep crater was left by the mysterious explosion north of the island.

The Suffolk Police Department released the photo of the boat which was seen fleeing the site. The island is only accessible by boat.

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

No injuries were reported from the incident and police also ruled out a sonic boom from an aircraft.

Residents of West Islip, about 10 miles away, said their doorbell video cameras were activated after the explosion, Babylon city authorities said.

“An explosion of this size must have been something significant as it was felt as far east as East Islip [about 25km from Fox Island], in Sayville [35km away] and as far west as … the Merrick region [about 33km away]Babylon City Supervisor Richard Schaffer said.


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