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Firefighter Takes Suspicious Pipe Bomb into his Firehouse

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An investigation is underway tonight into why a New York City firefighter removed a pipe bomb from the scene of a suspicious fire and took it back to his firehouse in Queens.

Police are looking into the actions of a fire lieutenant at the firehouse in Flushing for what he reportedly did and did not do last night.

While some in the neighborhood are calling him heroic, officials argue it was downright dangerous.

By the time the bomb squad was called to Engine 320,proper procedures had not been followed prompting not only questions, but an official investigation.

At 10:30 last night firefighters were called to a residential block not far from the firehouse for a small fire in a trash can. They extinguished it without incident. That should have been the end of that, except a pipe bomb was discovered in a trash can.

Instead of calling the bomb squad immediately, police say, the fire lieutenant took the bomb back to the firehouse, took it apart, put the cap back on, then, called the bomb squad an hour and a half later.

Security expert William Callahan says not only were fire department procedures breached, the whole firehouse was put at risk by bringing a dangerous explosive back to base.

William Callahan: “The pipe bombs are very, very unstable. They are packed with black explosive. They are home made. It has got to be transported in special container. Now, the fire department knows that, prepares for that.”

Danny Simone, resident: “I think he did a smart courageous thing, he got it out of a resident area, brought it to commercial area, where there would be minimal damage.”

No one was injured last night.

A fire department spokes person was here saying that indeed protocol was not followed last night.

Too early to say if internal review will lead to disciplinary actions against the lieutenant. For now this case is in the hands of the police.An investigation is underway tonight into why a New York City firefighter removed a pipe bomb from the scene of a suspicious fire and took it back to his firehouse in Queens.

Police are looking into the actions of a fire lieutenant at the firehouse in Flushing for what he reportedly did and did not do last night.

While some in the neighborhood are calling him heroic, officials argue it was downright dangerous.

By the time the bomb squad was called to Engine 320,proper procedures had not been followed prompting not only questions, but an official investigation.

At 10:30 last night firefighters were called to a residential block not far from the firehouse for a small fire in a trash can. They extinguished it without incident. That should have been the end of that, except a pipe bomb was discovered in a trash can.

Instead of calling the bomb squad immediately, police say, the fire lieutenant took the bomb back to the firehouse, took it apart, put the cap back on, then, called the bomb squad an hour and a half later.

Security expert William Callahan says not only were fire department procedures breached, the whole firehouse was put at risk by bringing a dangerous explosive back to base.

William Callahan: “The pipe bombs are very, very unstable. They are packed with black explosive. They are home made. It has got to be transported in special container. Now, the fire department knows that, prepares for that.”

Danny Simone, resident: “I think he did a smart courageous thing, he got it out of a resident area, brought it to commercial area, where there would be minimal damage.”

No one was injured last night.

A fire department spokes person was here saying that indeed protocol was not followed last night.

Too early to say if internal review will lead to disciplinary actions against the lieutenant. For now this case is in the hands of the police.

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