ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Rochester police officers say a building in Downtown was evacuated Wednesday morning after an explosive device damaged a group of mailboxes in a hallway.
Authorities say officers, including the Rochester Police Department Bomb Squad, responded at 87 N. Clinton Avenue just after noon.
Police say an explosive device damaged a group of mailboxes located in a common hallway. Officials say no damage was reported, adding that the damage was limited to that group of mailboxes and that no further explosive devices were found.
Officials say that although Catholic Charities Family and Community Services are among the tenants in the building, there is no current information to suggest they were the target of the explosive device.
“We were never evacuated,” said Janine Miller, a tenant. “We did not even know what was going on until we received an email or if we happened to go downstairs, as I did with my dog, and ran into the staff when they were evacuated. So it was very scary this morning , we did not know what was going on. ”
Police say the nearby Pleasant Street was temporarily closed to pedestrians and vehicles while officers investigated.
Police say the situation remains under investigation by the RPD, Arson Task Force and the United States Postal Service.
Anyone with information about this incident should call 911.
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying:
I’m thankful that no one was hurt and that the explosive that detonated this morning at 87 N. Clinton Ave. only damaged one group of mailboxes.
But I also recognize that the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime could have caused much more serious harm – injury and even loss of human life. They have traumatized not only the people who live, work and visit in that building, but also the entire Downtown community.
We will not tolerate such selfish and careless behavior, and the Rochester Police Department, the Arson Task Force and the United States Postal Service will work together to investigate this incident to find out who is responsible for this dangerous act and bring them to justice. .
I encourage anyone who may have seen anything or have any information regarding this incident to call 911 immediately.
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans
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