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Criminal investigation underway at company in Old Saybrook

Authorities investigate Old Saybrook business
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 7:14 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT
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OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) - A federal criminal investigation at a biochemical supply business in Old Saybrook has kept a road closed since Wednesday afternoon.

Connecticut State Police confirmed to Channel 3 that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) requested the state police bomb squad to help its investigators at LabDIRECT LLC.

ATF left the scene and Old Saybrook police took control of the investigation.

The owner of the company released a statement late Thursday morning.

“I can’t comment much on the situation while it’s ongoing beyond saying we have always and are currently cooperating fully with all relevant authorities to try to resolve any issues, and that there is no hazard to public safety,” said Richard Carboni of LabDIRECT. “As soon as I’m able to release more information, I will let you know.”

According to Old Saybrook police Chief Michael Spera, Center Road West in town was closed Thursday morning and has been that way since 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

LabDIRECT describes itself as a biochemical supplier on its website.

State police said there were potential explosive materials that were being controlled and supervised by the bomb squad, and there was no threat to the public.

Channel 3 cameras caught smoke above the trees where LabDIRECT LLC is.

Loud explosions were heard.

Old Saybrook police did warn local business owners of audible explosions, but they were planned detonations.

Spera reiterated that there was no threat to the public.

However, hazmat trucks were spotted on the property.

Mark Everin was hoping to get into work by noon, but his boss called him just before the hour, saying the investigation across the street meant they would be closed Thursday.

“I think they have it under control, hopefully,” said Everin. “You turn on the news, it’s like every day of something involving police officers.”

Chief Spera stressed the ongoing nature of the investigation, saying revealing anything could compromise the work being done.

No other details were released.

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