FBI launch investigation after ‘serious bomb-making materials’ are discovered inside a NYC home following a fire and one man is taken into custody
- The NYPD bomb squad was investigating in Astoria, Queens, Tuesday night
- They are reported to have found ‘serious bomb-making materials’ at a property where a house fire began earlier in the day
- One man was taken into custody after being found hiding behind the home, local media reported
- Nearby buildings were evacuated and fire officials were on standby
- The owner of the property is said to have called the FBI after a crate containing fuses and powder was pulled from the home during the earlier fire
- One person had been injured in the fire and was taken to hospital
The NYPD bomb squad was called to Queens Tuesday night after reports that ‘serious bomb-making materials’ were discovered by a property just hours after a house fire began at the same location.
According to ABC 7 NY, a suspicious package was found at a two-story building on 19th Street in Astoria just before 8pm.
Fire marshals found a supply of chemicals and ‘a number of books and manuals’ that led them to summon detectives – although there was no ‘assembled’ device.
Footage showed one man being taken into custody, described by cops as a ‘distraught individual’ who was sent to a Manhattan hospital because of his ’emotional state’.
It was not certain if he had been arrested and what charges he could be facing, but the man is said to be in his 30s and known to police after a previous domestic violence arrest.
The NYPD bomb squad was called to Astoria, Queens, Tuesday night after reports that ‘serious bomb-making materials’ were discovered by a property where a fire broke out earlier in the day
The house fire broke out Tuesday afternoon but was put out by 2pm
Nearby buildings were evacuated
Law enforcement officials investigate outside the house on Tuesday night
Federal agents joined the NYPD in investigating the apparent bomb-making materials
Footage broadcast by Pix11 showed the shirtless man being taken away by cops after being found hiding behind the home.
Sources told the Daily News that investigators found ‘survivalist’ materials and a book with bomb-making instructions when they searched the home.
NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism John Miller said in a press conference Tuesday night that chemicals found inside the home could be combined to make an explosive.
Miller described them as ‘precursor materials’ that could be made into a dangerous device.
‘We are going to have to go over and figure out what all this means,’ he said, adding that cops were awaiting a warrant for further searches.
The owner of the home told Pix11 that the FDNY pulled a black crate into the front yard of the building as they had fought back the blaze.
The owner called the FBI after fuses and powder were found inside.
Sources told the New York Post that wick cords, used for fuses, and possibly ammonium nitrate were in the crate.
Sniffer dogs were on the scene after the potential bomb-making equipment was found
The owner of the property called the NYPD and FBI after the crate was discovered
One person was injured in the blaze earlier in the day and taken to hospital
A law enforcement official at the scene where bomb-making materials were found
‘Upon further investigation by FDNY Marshals, there were materials found that included a number of chemicals, a number of packages, and a number of books and manuals that caused them to call NYPD for further investigation,’ a statement said.
‘There was no assembled device found. There was no completed improvised explosive device in the residence. The investigation remains ongoing.’
ABC News reported one injury in the earlier fire. The person was taken to Cornell Medical Center.
Nearby buildings were being evacuated Tuesday and fire officials were on standby as the investigation continued.
The NYPD 114th precinct asked everyone to avoid Astoria Park and the surrounding streets.
At the house fire Tuesday afternoon, two units and 60 firefighters responded to the scene. The fire was placed under control by 2pm.