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Hazmat Crews Search Bronx Apartment After Man Had Cyanide: Sources

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Thursday, Feb 20, 2014  |  Updated 6:35 AM EDT
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Hazmat Crews Search Bronx Apartment: Sources

Hazardous material crews removed an unknown substance from an apartment in the Bronx Wednesday night during a search after a man gave police a container with traces of cyanide, law enforcement sources say.

The unknown substance was found after the man, who apparently has a history of mental disturbances, brought a container to the NYPD precinct in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx Friday and told officers that there was a dangerous substance inside, sources say.

The container tested positive for traces of cyanide, so officers brought the man in for questioning. During an interview, the man told officers he had ordered the contents online, sources say. He said he also bought another jar containing a ricin-like substance, which was still at his apartment.

The substance found Wednesday will be tested, police say.

According to the NYPD, two people were taken to the hospital from the apartment and were later released. The building has since been declared safe.

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