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Suspicious Object on Zepko Lane sent to FBI in Virginia

BALLSTON – A suspicious looking three foot piece of PVC, with wires protruding from one end has been sent for further analysis to the FBI Lab in Quantico, VA. 

Just before noon today, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Canadian Pacific Railroad Police about an object discovered by track maintenance personnel near the railroad tracks at Zepko Lane, by the Zim Smith trail, in the Town of Ballston. The trail was quickly closed from East High St. in the Village of Ballston Spa to Zepko Lane and all rail traffic was halted, in both directions, including freight and Amtrak service.

Upon inspection of the device by Sheriff’s personnel, New York State Police, Alcohol Tobacco amd Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation it was determined that additional assistance was needed by the Watervliet Arsenal for detection equipment. The Ballston Spa Fire Department, Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services and Community Ambulance Corp., and the New York State Division of Homeland Security were placed on standby at the scene, while the Village of Ballston Spa Police Department assisted with the closing of the Zim Smith trail.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office ATV Division searched the immediate area including a portion of the Zim Smith Trail as precautionary measure, while Canadian Pacific Police with the assistance of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s K9 Division searched a large section of rail. At about 3:30 p.m., the object was deemed “harmless” by authorities.

Saratoga County Sheriff Micheal Zurlo said, “The safety and security of our residents is my primary concern. This incident will be investigated thoroughly by my office with the help of our federal partners. Anyone seeing any suspicious activity in the area Zepko Lane, should contact the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761.”

The investigation is on going with the assistance of the Canadian Pacific Police, FBI, ATF, and New York State Police.

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