Suspicious smell evacuates county building
A building at the Suffolk County Center in Riverside was closed for several hours Thursday morning due to a suspicious smell, county officials said.
The Surrogate Court at the Evans K. Griffing County Center was evacuated as a precaution due to the odors emitted from welding being done on the building, authorities said.
“The odor and fumes got into the circulation system,” said county spokesman Mark Smith, adding that the building reopened that same afternoon.
The adjacent building, which contains the county labor department and county legislature offices, remained open during the incident.
County sources said the building was closed for a similar reason two weeks ago.