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A Long Island school yard has become a crime scene.
As many as two thousand hypodermic needles have been dumped near a rear entrance to the Hemlock Park elementary school in Bay Shore. Classes have not been disrupted for the students in grades K to 5.
Vials of blood, some with names on them, have apparently also been found. A school spokesman says the hazardous material was left in several bio-hazard bags.
Suffolk county police are on scene, fingerprinting the material before it is removed as nearby residents looked on in disgust.
"Whoever dumped that kind of stuff- they're sick," said Sal Ingroia, who lives near the school, as he looked at the school property cordoned off by police tape.
Police Sgt. Kevin Beyrer says a neighbor discovered the waste and called the school.
"It appears someone rifled through one of the hazardous waste bags and dumped needles on the ground," said Beyrer.
The material could have been stolen from a lab or hospital, police say. Lot and serial numbers found on the waste are now being traced to determine the source of the material.