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Bomb Found at NY Home Depot Part of Extortion Attempt

Law enforcement officials are concerned the person who left an explosive device at a Home Depot on Long Island may attempt to do it again, NBC 4 New York has learned.

The crude pipe bomb was left at the Huntington store as part of an extortion attempt, law enforcement sources said. A letter was mailed to the New York Avenue store demanding money and describing where the bomb was inside the building.

Responding police located the object on a shelf behind some boxes.

The FBI has joined Suffolk County Police in the investigation. They’re working to find the suspect in case he or she tries to place other devices at other stores.

Police across Long Island and in New York City have been made aware of the threat, as have Home Depot stores, the sources said.

The pipe bomb in the Huntington store was destroyed by the Suffolk County Bomb Squad Monday evening.

As a precaution, the store was shut down as police inspected the package. The box was removed and taken to another location to determine whether the device was real. The store was then allowed to reopen.

“We are cooperating with authorities in the investigation,” said Stephen Holmes, a Home Depot spokesman. “The safety of our customers and our employees is of the utmost importance to us.”

Suffolk police said there were about 50 people in the store.

Source: NBC 4 NY

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