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Pipe bomb found in Long Island Home Depot, suspect arrested

(CBS) HUNTINGTON, N.Y. - A suspect has been arrested after a pipe bomb in a Long Island Home Depot caused the store to be evacuated on Monday, CBS New York reports.

Police were called to the Home Depot in Huntington at 4 p.m. on Monday after the store's management received a letter saying there was a pipe bomb in the store.

The store had about 50 customers and workers inside at the time the letter was received. After an evacuation, the device was located on or near a shelf, sources told the station.

The FBI has begun interviewing employees and combing through surveillance videos as part of their investigation. Sources told CBS New York the bomb is believed to be part of a larger plot., perhaps an extortion attempt or a full-scale attack timed for the holidays, possibly on "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving.

A statement released by The Home Depot said, "We are cooperating with authorities on their investigation. The safety of our customers and associates is certainly of the utmost importance to us."

Charges are pending against the person in custody, a source told CBS New York. Authorities are trying to decide if the person should be charged on a state or federal level.