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Some Montauk Residents Warned Of Possible Military Munitions On Property

July 06, 2018 - 11:11 am
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MONTAUK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Residents of one Long Island community are being warned about possible grenades or other explosives on their property.

The Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter to residents of the Montauk Shores condo complex, warning them about possible military munitions in the area.

Josephine Albano has owned a cottage in the community since 1996 and said she's never been afraid of finding explosives.

"All of a sudden they're popping up? I don't think so. I haven't heard of anybody who's discovered anything. You know, it would be in the papers if somebody came across a bomb," Albano said. "For years I would walk on the beach all winter and I wouldn't see anything other than shells and rocks."

The community is a few miles from Camp Hero, which was used for military training during the Revolutionary War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.

Albano said the letter shows most of the area of concern for possible explosives is in the Atlantic Ocean.

"The diagram they showed me, I couldn't even swim that far," Albano said. "I'm sure most people when they got the letter took a look at it and threw it out."

A spokesperson for the Army Corps of Engineers told WCBS the letter is procedural and precautionary in the interest of safety and there is no imminent threat.