Bohemia residents angry over proposed cellphone towers on fire department property

Residents say they plan on taking legal action

Residents say they plan on taking legal action over the cellphone towers. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

BOHEMIA - Residents in Bohemia say they plan on taking legal action over proposed cellphone towers on fire department property.

Residents who live near the two firehouses say they are concerned the towers could fall down or even catch fire. There are also worries that the towers could increase the risk of cancer. One homeowner tells News 12 Long Island she is concerned the towers will affect her property value.

Bohemia Fire Department Commissioner Thomas Reidel says the towers are needed to upgrade the fire department's radio system. The current towers are around 25 years old and Reidel says it is necessary to enhance them.

Reidel says the fire department wants to talk to the public about its concerns and adds that the plan still needs to be approved by the town of Islip. A hearing will be held next month.

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