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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating bomb making materials allegedly found inside a home in Queens.

It remained a very active scene Wednesday.

Police sources say evidence points to a mentally unstable man with no political or terror affiliations.

FBI brings out bags of evidence from #Astoria home where #FDNY & #NYPD found bomb-making materials after a fire yesterday.


— Andrea Grymes (@AndreaGrymesTV) September 16, 2020

FBI agents carried bags of evidence from his home on 19th Street in Astoria. They’re investigating the man who allegedly had bomb making materials and manuals inside.

Firefighters initially discovered the suspicious materials after a small fire Tuesday afternoon.

Neighbors say they say they also noticed a suspicious box outside once the initial scene started to clear. One of them called the FBI.

“I saw metal cans. I saw fuses, those long cords. And I saw powder. I don’t know, it said metallic powder, or something like that. And then I saw a bunch of wrapped FedEx packages that hadn’t been opened,” a woman said.

Police say the man who lived in the apartment in question was acting erratically outside and taken to Bellevue Hospital.

The NYPD Bomb Squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force were called in.

“There was materials found that raised some concern. That included a number of chemicals, a number of packages, a number of books and manuals that caused them to call for investigators,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller. “He’s known to the department, but the investigation is going to continue as to why he had these things, what specifically was the origin of the fire.”

Investigators stress the materials were not assembled into an actual bomb, but could have been.

Neighboring homes were evacuated Tuesday night as a precaution, but those who live in the area have since been allowed back in.

Police sources say the resident here has one prior domestic violence arrest in New York City. He remains at Bellevue for a psychiatric evaluation.

He has been charged with reckless endangerment. More charges are expected.

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