MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) – Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water …

A pair of pipe bombs were discovered near a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean, closing down a Long Island beach for two days until it reopened Saturday, according to a release from Nassau County police. Tobay Beach was closed on Thursday afternoon after a lifeguard out snorkeling found the first bomb in the wreckage about 1½ miles offshore. Police divers searched the remains of the Roda, which went down in 1908, and discovered a second device, police said. The beach remained closed on Friday while an additional search of the wreck was conducted.

By Saturday, the pipe bombs were removed and the beach reopened. Joseph Green, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confirmed the first device was a 6-inch pipe bomb.

Police were attempting to determine how the pipe bombs wound up near the wreck, since the materials used to make them indicate both were relatively new. The Roda, a 315-foot ship carrying a load of copper ore, crashed during a gale and remains in the ocean waters off Massapequa.

AP-ES-07-09-05 1459EDT


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