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 8 pm.
Pix11 reported that one man was taken into custody. He was shown shirtless being taken away by cops after being found hiding behind the home.
Nearby buildings are being evacuated and fire officials are on standby.
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 are being evacuated and fire officials are on standby
The NYPD 114th precinct asked everyone to avoid Astoria Park and the surrounding streets.
Cops are questioning people connected to the house, NY1 reported.
At the house fire Tuesday afternoon, two units and 60 firefighters responded to the scene. The fire was placed under control by 2pm.
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
ABC News reported one injury in the earlier fire. The person was taken to Cornell Medical Center.
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.
This is a developing story and will be updated.