East Hampton Fire Drill Shuts Down Main Street

East Hampton firefighters tested hydrants during a drill in front of the East Hampton movie theater on Sunday morning. Michael Heller photos

Don't worry, it was only a fire drill, but the East Hampton Fire Department closed down Main Street Sunday morning to prepare for the real deal.

The department was staged on Main Street, starting at about 7:30 a.m., as if there was a fire in the United Artists cinema, "with an eye on the recent Sag Harbor Cinema fire," the department said in a press release. The drill helped to determine water supplies and truck-placement should a fire in that area of Main Street ever happen.

A portion of Main Street was shut down for roughly one hour. 

The Southampton Fire Department also conducted a drill on Main Street last week, partly in response to Sag Harbor’s Main Street in December. Firefighters from across the South Fork responded to that fire, which destroyed the Sag Harbor Cinema and two other buildings, damaged others, and displaced businesses and people from second-floor apartments.