The Suffolk County Police Department Bomb Squad identified and destroyed a single stick of dynamite on North Haven Beach, near the South Ferry dock on Monday afternoon.
An employee of the ferry service from North Haven to Shelter Island found the dynamite and called Southampton Town Police around 12:15 p.m., according to Sgt. Howard Kalb, of Southampton Town Police, who confirmed that it was indeed dynamite and that the bomb squad had disposed of it sometime around 4 p.m.
“They dug a hole and detonated it,” Sgt. Kalb said, explaining that the beach was safe. He had no details about the origin of the dynamite or how it ended up near the ferry dock.
In April, the Suffolk County Bomb Squad detonated a stick of dynamite on Havens Beach in Sag Harbor after a man found the explosive on Long Beach in Noyac and drove it in the back of his pickup truck to Long Wharf and reported it to police. At that time, police said the dynamite was likely from a recent rock revetment in Sag Harbor, built by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works after SuperStorm Sandy.
Police speculated that the dynamite had been part of a controlled detonation to break large boulders for transport, but it hadn’t exploded and went unnoticed with the rocks delivered to build the revetment.