Livid over the continuing power outage after Hurricane Irene, a Long Island man was arrested Saturday morning after threatening to bomb a Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) station, according to Nassau County police.
Rajiv Pandey, 33, of Central Islip, called News-12, a local television station in the town of Woodbury, and said he would plant the bomb at an unspecified LIPA station. The threat led police to monitor more than 30 LIPA facilities.
The call was traced to Pandey’s old cell phone number.
He faces charges of falsely reporting a second-degree incident and will be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead Saturday.
Meanwhile, thousands of Long Island residents are angered and frustrated that their power remains out almost a week after Irene ripped through the region and caused heavy flooding.
The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that more than 56,000 households remain without power, with 37,000 being LIPA customers.
Pandey apparently isn’t the only customer who has gone over the edge.
On Wednesday, a 46-year-old man in Hicksville was arrested after he called the Nassau County Department of Emergency Management and made numerous threats against LIPA.
Reportedly, he was irate about having no electrical power in his home days after the tropical storm departed the area.
He was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and arraigned Thursday.