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Explosives Scare Leads To North Salem Library Evacuation

North Salem's Ruth Keeler Memorial Library was evacuated Saturday due to a report of possible explosives.
North Salem's Ruth Keeler Memorial Library was evacuated Saturday due to a report of possible explosives. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Patrons and staff of the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library were evacuated from the building Saturday afternoon after a device resembling a military explosive was taken to the North Salem Police Headquarters, police said.

Residents of neighboring homes were also advised to remain indoors as a precaution, police said.

New York State Police bomb technicians were called in to examine the device and determined it was a projectile for military munitions but lacked a warhead. Since officers could not tell whether it had ever been expended, the device was taken to the State Police bomb destruction unit in Newburgh for possible detonation.

The device was discovered about six months ago by a North Salem resident, who noticed it near his property line. He stowed it away in his garage but handed it over Saturday to a Titicus Road friend, who took it to police headquarters.

The North Salem Police also reported the following incidents:

  • A lockdown drill was conducted at North Salem Middle/High School on Wednesday morning. Everyone in the building was told to enter a classroom and remain there until a uniformed officer came to release them. The classrooms were secured, and the building was also locked. North Salem Police were assisted by troopers from the Somers barracks of the New York State Police.
  • Later Wednesday, police received a report of an intoxicated man, possibly passed out on the steps of the Croton Falls train station. Officer Michael Castellano Jr. located the man on the steps, with an empty vodka bottle beside him, and called for an ambulance to take him to Putnam Hospital.

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