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The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and Bomb Squad were called to a residential property on Bedford Avenue and Voorhies Avenue more than an hour ago, shutting down nearby streets to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic as they search for explosives in a home.

An officer at the scene told a neighbor that grenades had been found in a home, and they continue to search for “additional incendiary devices,” although we have not received confirmation from the NYPD.

Residents of Bedford Avenue trying to get home were initially restricted from accessing the block, although we’ve now heard conflicting reports about access being granted. Bedford Avenue is shut down between Shore Parkway and Avenue Z to automobile traffic. Shore Parkway is also closed to traffic, as is, presumably, Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Z.

The above video was sent in by another reader who lives on the block. Residents are being told to stay in their homes.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Skipper, The Professor, Gilligan, and Thurson Howell III. Source: Fanpop

I always thought that, if the S.S. Minnow’s shipwrecked crew had a ham radio during their three hour tour, instead of a dinky transistor, maybe Maynard G. Krebs and his pals would have eventually gotten off of that headhunter- and witch doctor-infested tropical isle in the middle of nowhere.

An impressive collection of antique ham radios. Source: Marcin Wichary / Flickr. Click to enlarge

My naïveté aside, it will be a radio frequency geek’s paradise when ham radio enthusiasts gather en masse at Floyd Bennett Field  this weekend for Field Day, the culmination of Amateur Radio Week, featuring public demonstrations of emergency communications devices, sponsored by the national association for Amateur Radio (ARRL). The Kings County Radio Club will be demonstrating from 12:00 p.m., June 23, to 4:00 p.m., June 24 in Floyd Bennett’s Building 272. Last year, more than 35,000 hams (that’s really what they call themselves) participated in Field Day.

Priding themselves on resourcefulness and techy know-how, ham operators construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools, and backyards around the country… using only emergency power supplies.

From their press release:

Despite the internet, cell phones, email, and modern communications, every year entire regions find themselves cut off from the rest of the world. Tornadoes, fires, storms, emergencies, and other disasters can leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA. This weekend, the Kings County Radio Club will be joining thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities.

According to Allen Pitts of the ARRL, “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communication. From the earthquake in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provide[s] the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Ham radios work when there is nothing else available.”

The public is invited to attend to see ham’s new capabilities as well as to learn how to get their own FCC license before the next disaster strikes (which, hopefully it won’t, but it’s always best to be prepared).

According to the Kings County Radio Club, there are now more than 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to

The scene of the fire at 2775 East 12th Street on Saturday evening. (Photo by Ian Sellick)

Residents of the Bel-Air building at 2775 East 12th Street are being allowed to return to their homes after a fire forced them to evacuate on Saturday.

Sheepshead Bites visited the building today and found residents buzzing about the building’s entrance, many carrying bags. It was hopefully the end of the two-day ordeal, in which the residents relocated to the homes of friends and family, and American Red Cross also provided an emergency shelter at Bay Academy Junior High School.

However, not everyone is being allowed back to their apartments, according to one Sheepshead Bites commenter. She writes:

Apparently they are turning the lights on in order of your apartment, but not everyone is guaranteed to be allowed into their apartment tonight. The power in the building is restored but not all the wings have power. They are urging everyone to have someone stop by and speak to the super so he can verify if your apartment will have power.

On Sunday, management for the Bel-Air building taped a typed statement onto the front door’s of the building.

“Building management is on site and is working with our licensed engineers and Con Edison representatives to restore power as soon as possible. We will organize escorted access during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm,” said KQR Management LLC.

The management company did not return calls for comment by the time this story went to press.

The fire broke out in the electrical room at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, at first causing power outages to the apartment units.

“At first I thought it was just my apartment, but then I found it happened to everyone else,” said a resident.

“It was hectic on Saturday, there was a lot of commotion,” said another resident.


We just received word that there is a fire burning on Guider Avenue and East 12th Street.

Tipster Ian Sellick just sent over this email…

At least a dozen fire trucks, Guider Ave, E 12th closed, residents evacuated. Major incident center set up.

That’s all we have right now and we’re heading over to the scene.  Updates to come.

UPDATE: 8:17 PM: Sources tell Sheepshead Bites that a fire broke out in the electrical room in the basement of 2775 East 12th Street at approximately 6:30 pm today. At this time we don’t have confirmation that the fire has been put out or is under control.

Residents first became aware of the fire when lights began to flicker and electric appliances shut down. This was followed by the shut down of cable TV. Residents then noticed that the lighting in the hallways and public areas were off.  Then remaining lights in the apartment building shut down in what appeared to an orderly fashion.

One resident told Sheepshead Bites that she was returning from work and was stuck in an elevator for over 20 minutes until she was rescued by fire fighters.  No one has been injured in the fire.

The building has been completely evacuated and the American Red Cross has setup  an emergency shelter at Bay Academy.  Residents may bring pets to the shelter, only if they are in a cage.  The Red Cross told residents that they will not be able to re-enter the building tonight.

East 12 Street is closed from the bridge to Neptune Avenue and many surrounding streets are closed to vehicular traffic as well.

2775 East 12th Street is a seven story building with 29 units per floor.

We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: 8:36 PM: Tipster Ian Sellick just made his on the scene photos available on Flickr. You can check out all of Ian’s photos HERE.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

NYPD, FDNY and EMS vehicles planted themselves on the corner of East 15th Street and Avenue Z this morning around 8:45 a.m. Though their flashing lights remained on, no emergency could be seen.

Officers in the NYPD car and the EMS crew were both filling out reports, while the firefighters were not in sight. An officer in the car wouldn’t say what the incident was but noted, “Nothing major.”

Commuters at the bus stop said they did not know what the commotion was about, and whatever the incident was did not appear to delay trains.

Anyone know what happened here?

UPDATE (6:22 p.m.): A reader sent us a message saying a highway cop fell off his motorcycle and is okay. We have not yet confirmed this. This is within the 68th Precinct.

We just received a call that an NYPD officer is laying face down on the Belt Parkway and appears to be dead. The incident is at the 65th Street entrance ramp for the eastbound side of the Belt Parkway. The officer is laying in the right lane, near where the entrance ramp merges with the highway. He has a light blue helmet leading witnesses to speculate that he is a motorcycle or scooter cop, but no such vehicle was in sight. Two DOT trucks are stopped right before him, either to block traffic or because they were involved in the accident (it is unknown). The area is now “swarming” with police, according to our witness, with many vehicles blocking off the left lane of the westbound side and hopping the barrier to get to the other side. The Belt Parkway is at a stand still.

We’ll update this story as we receive more information.

Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

There was an incident last night near the Nostrand Avenue / Sheepshead Bay Houses between Avenue W and Avenue V. Some time around 8:00 p.m. on April 5, shots were fired and emergency service units were called. It seems a weapon was dumped in a nearby sewer and recovered around 9:00 p.m., and evidence searches continued for at least another hour.

It doesn’t appear anyone was injured. We’ll update as we find out more.

[Compiled from Gothamist Map reports]

Councilman Lew Fidler reported to Community Board 15 that he helped spearhead an effort to save the city’s volunteer ambulance corps. The city’s volunteer emergency services were barred from accessing the emergency dispatch system following an October decision from the FDNY, a move seen by some as an attempt to phase them out completely from the emergency medical response.

“I was kind of nonplussed that at a time when the president of the United States is hailing volunteerism, and the mayor of the City of New York has a volunteer action center, that we would cut off volunteer ambulances from serving the public,” Fidler told the Community Board at their February 23 meeting.

Read more about the FDNY blockout of volunteer services and Fidler’s remarks

According to early reports, an emotionally disturbed person barricaded himself and his parents in an apartment building at 3021 Avenue Z.

The incident occurred some time between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. According to a reader who lives in the building, who provided information to us via Facebook status updates, a mentally unstable man on the fourth floor took his parents hostage. Witnesses, also through Facebook, said the police closed off Avenue Z between Ford Street and Batchelder Street, and there were at least three large police trucks and several other emergency vehicles.

The resident that provided information said police rescued the parents, who went unharmed. She didn’t know about the culprit, who she believes had stopped taking his medication. She also said a similar incident happened in the building four years ago, but it’s unclear if it was the same person.

By 5:30 p.m., police and emergency personnel had left the scene.

This is a breaking report. We will update as additional information becomes available.

Police and fire units were on the scene at Kings Highway and East 14th Street this morning (photo taken at 8:45 am), responding to some emergency. The officer at the scene wouldn’t say what was wrong, but it must have been pretty big because traffic was diverted at East 15th Street. Does anyone have additional information?

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