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No bomb on East Hampton Village LIRR train, MTA says

MTA police and a bomb-sniffing dog search a

MTA police and a bomb-sniffing dog search a westbound train at the East Hampton Village Long Island Rail Road station on Sunday, July 3, 2016. It was determined that no bomb was aboard. Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

LIRR service resumed Sunday morning after an earlier report of a bomb aboard a westbound train stopped at the East Hampton Village LIRR station was proved to be false, an MTA spokesman said Sunday morning.

Metropolitan Transit Authority police had alerted East Hampton Village police just before 8 a.m. Sunday that they had received a call saying a bomb was on a westbound train stopped at the village’s Long Island Rail Road station, authorities said.

Train service was stopped east of Speonk while MTA police investigated.

The train left at 7:04 a.m. from Montauk with a scheduled 9:58 a.m. arrival at the Jamaica LIRR station, officials said.

Passengers on the train were evacuated and Railroad Avenue was closed while MTA police and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the train.

There were 65 passengers aboard at the time of the evacuation, said LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan.

Because there is only one train for both east and westbound trains at the station, the 7:10 a.m. eastbound train from Jamaica, due in Montauk at 9:51 a.m., was delayed for 70 minutes by the investigation, Donovan said.

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