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Massive police raid at Ridgewood home

Photo Credit: by Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: by Boyd A. Loving

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: The FBI led last night’s raid of a Ridgewood house after the man they took into custody there confided in someone that he was concerned what effect a power outage from Hurricane Sandy would have on explosive chemicals he’d allegedly been refrigerating, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

“The fear is that this could involve domestic terrorism,” a law enforcement official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

Various agents from the FBI, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Bomb Squad and Haz Materials Team, Ridgewood police and Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification were still at 183 Union Street past noon today.

“The FBI is in charge now,” another law enforcement official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT earlier.

ALL PHOTOS: Boyd A. Loving (who also contributed to this story)

The unidentified man, who was taken from a converted basement in the two-family home, has a criminal history that includes bank robbery, the source said.

This morning, officer were observed viewing x-rays, presumably of articles still located inside the residence, while investigators from the Prosecutor’s Office were observed placing brown paper bags containing evidence into official vehicles, CLIFFVIEW PILOT correspondent Boyd A. Loving reports.

Bergen County’s top lawmen — Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, Sheriff Michael Saudino and Police Chief/Public Safety Director Brian Higgins all told CLIFFVIEW PILOT they couldn’t comment because of the nature of the investigation.

Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward would only say that authorities were dealing with a potential public safety threat.

(PHOTOS by Boyd A. Loving)

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