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Nassau police headquarters evacuated after gas odor

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Dozens of cops were forced out of Nassau County police headquarters Monday afternoon when a staffer reported smelling gas, but fire officials said the incident was deemed unfounded, Newsday reported March 24.

Firefighters were called at 1:36 p.m. to respond to the police building at 1490 Franklin Ave. in Mineola after police personnel reported a “gas odor,” officials said.

Insp. Kenneth Lack, a Nassau County police spokesman, said personnel in the department’s records bureau – which is located in the rear of the building – reported a “strong smell of natural gas.” He said the building was evacuated and the Garden City Fire Department was called to investigate.

At the scene, Garden City Fire Chief Bill Castoro said crews conducted an inspection of the area and concluded “no gas was found.” He said police personnel were held outside for about 15 minutes.

Castoro said fire officials could not find the cause of the odor, but that the area was deemed safe.

Lack said he believed the odor might have been caused by nearby construction work.