What to Know
- SUNY's Orange Newburgh campus was partially evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious device was found in a garage at a building
- The building where device was found is county-owned and not run by the college, but two college classroom buildings on block were evacuated
- Both day and evening classes were canceled for the day as a precaution; an X-ray deemed the device non-explosive
The State University of New York's Orange Newburgh campus was partially evacuated Wednesday as authorities investigated a suspicious device discovered in a garage, authorities say.
College spokesman Mike Albright tells News 4 the device was found in the garage of the Maple Building, a county-owned complex on the college grounds that isn't operated by the university, around 10:30 a.m.
The building, which houses social services and other tenants, was evacuated, along with two college classroom buildings — the Tower Building and Kaplan Hall — on the same block.
The city manager confirmed an all-clear just before 2 p.m., saying the bomb squad X-rayed a suspicious package and found it was not explosive.
The device in question was found to be a wire from an old computer router, attached to a cigarette lighter. It was deemed to be a crude hoax device, and not a threat to anyone.
Nonetheless, both day and evening classes were canceled for the day as a precaution.
Further details on the nature of the device weren't immediately clear.