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Alleged bomb-making materials were found in an Astoria apartment after a fire broke out in a residential building on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The fire department arrived at 24-07 19th St., around 1:53 p.

m., following reports of a fire on the first floor of the building, according to the FDNY. Responding with about 60 members, the fire department got the blaze under control around 2:22 p.m., according to the authorities.

An individual in the apartment, who was allegedly experiencing an emotional episode, was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, the FDNY said.

While investigating the cause of the fire, the fire marshal discovered chemicals, packaging and instructions for making bombs, according to the NYPD. Police were called to the scene around 7:25 p.m., to investigate.

The individual in the hospital was placed into police custody, where they remain, held on reckless endangerment charges, according to the police.

Nearby Astoria Park was evacuated at the time of the police investigation of the apartment, cops said. The park was re-opened around 10:30 p.m., Tuesday night.

The investigation has been turned over to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the NYPD.

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Nasa warning as TWO asteroids to zoom past Earth today – following a pair of near misses early this morning

TWO asteroids are going to shoot past Earth this afternoon.

They follow another two space rocks that made close approaches this morning.

1The asteroids aren't expected to impact EarthCredit: Alamy

All of the asteroids are on Nasa's close approach list.

Asteroid 2020 RB6 should skim past our planet around lunchtime.

Nasa estimates that it's anywhere between 72 to 157 foot.

That means it could be twice the height of Buckingham Palace.

What's the difference between an asteroid, meteor and comet?

Here's what you need to know, according to Nasa...

  • Asteroid: An asteroid is a small rocky body that orbits the Sun. Most are found in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) but they can be found anywhere (including in a path that can impact Earth)
  • Meteoroid: When two asteroids hit each other, the small chunks that break off are called meteoroids
  • Meteor: If a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere, it begins to vapourise and then becomes a meteor. On Earth, it'll look like a streak of light in the sky, because the rock is burning up
  • Meteorite: If a meteoroid doesn't vapourise completely and survives the trip through Earth's atmosphere, it can land on the Earth. At that point, it becomes a meteorite
  • Comet: Like asteroids, a comet orbits the Sun. However rather than being made mostly of rock, a comet contains lots of ice and gas, which can result in amazing tails forming behind them (thanks to the ice and dust vapourising)


Asteroid 2020 RB6 should come within around 1.6 million miles of Earth.

It's thought to be travelling at a speed of around 44,000 miles per hour.

In the grand scheme of space this isn't a large distance at all, so Nasa has still flagged it as a "close approach".

Any fast moving space object that comes within around 4.65 million miles is considered to be "potentially hazardous" by cautious space organisations.

This means Asteroid 2020 RU7 also makes the close approach list.

The second near Earth asteroid of the day should pass us at around 15:46 UTC.

Nasa thinks it measures up to 167 foot and could come within 3.7 million miles of our planet.

The space agency thinks it will shoot past at a speed of 14,000 miles per hour.

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