Suspicious 'Ticking' Box at Bridgehampton Bank Not a Bomb

Police swarmed the BNB Bank in Bridgehampton Thursday after a report that something was ticking from within a safe deposit box, though it was later determined not to be a threat, Suffolk County police said.

Police received a report of "ticking inside a box" inside the bank at 4:19 p.m., according to Southampton Town Police Sgt. Steve Miller. The branch, located on the corner of Montauk Highway and Snake Hollow Road, was already closed when the call came through. Formerly known as Bridgehampton National Bank, it is now BNB Bank's main office.

The Suffolk County bomb squad was called in to assist town police with the investigation at 5:20 p.m., a county police spokeswoman said. Officers found only jewelry inside the box.

"It was unfounded," Sergeant Miller said from town police headquarters on Thursday evening. 

The scene was cleared around nightfall. 

Officials at BNB Bank could not be immediately reached for a comment.