Suspicious powder causes evacuation of several NYC buildings

Couple arrested after explosive substance found

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Authorities say a New York City couple has been arrested on weapons charges after a substance used to make bombs and papers titled "The Terrorist Encyclopedia" were found in their Greenwich Village apartment.

Morgan Gliedman is awaiting her court appearance. Her boyfriend, Aaron Greene, was held without bail after he appeared in state court in Manhattan on Sunday. Both were arrested Saturday as police executed a search warrant at their apartment.

Police say suspicious white powder led to the evacuation of several buildings in Greenwich Village Saturday morning.

Police Detective Martha Barrera reported that a plastic container containing a white powdery substance known as HMTD was found in the living room. The substance is highly explosive.

Authorities said it was found during a search of Gliedman's apartment on 9th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Police say they also found a shotgun and handgun clips.

It is not known what kind of drug or chemical it was and the bomb squad called to the location to investigate.

Both were charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Attorney Lisa Pelosi, representing Greene, called the situation sad but declined further comment. It was unclear who will represent Gliedman in court.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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