Breaking News: Sylvan Beach Residents Can Return Home After Meth Lab Discovery [PHOTOS]
UPDATE: 07/16/2014 1436 Residents are being told that they can begin returning to their homes after an evacuation that lasted several hours. Roads are being re-opened at this time.
The Sylvan Beach Fire Department tells WIBX that word is slowly getting out to residents, many of whom are vacationing in the area, that this morning’s situation is now under control.
We are still waiting for more details from law enforcement authorities and will provide you with the latest information as soon as it becomes available.
Reports that a meth lab has been discovered in Sylvan Beach are being received by officials in Sylvan Beach.
UPDATE: 07/16/2014 12:03pm Officials have determined that no bomb was attached to the lab, as was reported by residents. Law enforcement officials say there is a possibility of an explosion with any meth lab. Contamination crews remain on the scene and residents have not yet been allowed to return to their homes.
Roads leading to 14th, 15th, and 16th Avenues remain closed.
Evacuations are underway and several roads have been closed.
In addition to the Sylvan Beach Fire Department and New York State Police, emergency responders are walking door to door telling residents to leave the immediate area.
Police and fire officials are stating the address of the possible lab as 1524 15th Avenue. We are being told by officials that all roads leading in and out of the area have now been closed.
Townsquare Media’s Kate Mondi is in Sylvan Beach. She says that residents were told to told to evacuate immediately at approximately 8:50am.
A Google Map view of the homes directly affected near that address is below:
Officials are only saying that a device that could be a bomb is involved but they cannot confirm that the item is actually an explosive device. They caution that meth labs are inherently explosive and all precautions are being taken to safeguard the public.
This is a developing story and we will bring you the latest from Sylvan Beach.
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(with additional reporting by Kate Mondi, Townsquare Media)