CITY OF NEWBURGH – Newburgh police have confirmed that a suspicious device was found inside the parking garage at 3 Washington Center on Wednesday.
Police issued a news release at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to say that after the device was located, all personnel were evacuated.
A Social Security office is located in 3 Washington Center and SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus is in the nearby buildings.
Newburgh city police are still investigating with the assistance of multiple area law enforcement agencies, according to the release.
A Middletown police K9 unit could be seen parked near the closed section of Lower Broadway. State troopers and law enforcement officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were also on-hand.
Newburgh police said it would not release further information at this time.
“When further information is available, an updated press release will be generated,” police said in the release.
Daytime classes at the SUNY Orange campus were canceled about 10:25 a.m.
A second alert on the website, posted about noon, said evening classes had also been canceled since the police investigation is expected to take several more hours.
City Manager Joe Donat said people can not retrieve their cars from the parking garage until further notice, adding that investigators need to keep the area secured.
City police have several streets blocked off, including Washington Place, Lower Broadway near Grand Street, Second Street and Colden Street.
This story will be updated when more details become available.