Man, 37, charged after possible bomb-making materials found following Queens house fire: police

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September 16, 2020 - 7:15 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A 37-year-old man has been charged after authorities said they found possible bomb-making materials in a Queens home following a fire Tuesday.

A tenant of the Astoria home, Marak Squires, was charged with reckless endangerment and remained hospitalized Wednesday with burns from the fire, police said.

The FBI and NYPD were investigating at the home on 19th Street, across from Astoria Park, overnight.

The FDNY was called to the home at 2 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, fire was pouring out of the first floor and Squires was found screaming and burned, police said.

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About five hours later, a crate was discovered by the landlord of the building. It had ammonium nitrate and wicks that could be used for fuses inside, police said.

"The chemicals separately are what they are, but taken together they can assemble an explosive device," said John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism. "There were books about military explosives, booby traps and other things."

Miller said no assembled device had been found.

Police have been called to the house before; Squires was previously charged in a domestic violence incident.

Squires, who police said was emotionally distraught, remained hospitalized with burns to his hands.

Authorities were expected to continue searching the home Wednesday.