Five Bombs Found in Package at N.J. Train Station, One Explodes as Robot Examines It

ELIZABETH, New Jersey -- A backpack containing multiple bombs was found Sunday night near an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station, according to the FBI and the city's mayor.

The backpack had up to five devices, Elizabeth's mayor Chris Bollwage said. It was found in a wastebasket, outside a neighborhood pub and located about 500 feet from a train trestle. No one was injured.

On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., two men found the backpack and thought it might contain something valuable. They alerted police when they saw wires and a pipe, the mayor said. No cell phones or electronic timing devices were found on the devices, Bollwage said.

There is no indication whether the latest incident in Elizabeth is connected to the bombing in a New York City neighborhood that injured 29 people and the explosion from a garbage can near a charity run in New Jersey. In the other New Jersey incident, investigators discovered three pipe-bomb-type devices wired together, but no one was wounded.

Bomb technicians arrived to the scene in Elizabeth and sent in a robot to examine the devices. During the process, one of the devices detonated.

"The robots that went in to disarm it, cut a wire and it exploded," Bollwage said.

The remaining four devices will be transferred in protective cases to a local site and then will be taken to the FBI laboratory at Quantico, Virginia, Bollwage said.

Police checked all garbage cans in the immediate area, but found no other suspicious items.

Trains resumed Monday morning after the New Jersey Transit had suspended service going through Elizabeth station on Sunday night. Both New Jersey Transit and Amtrak warned of delays following the incident.

Elizabeth is located about 16 miles southwest of New York City.

New York incident

In New York, investigation over Saturday's bombing continued as surveillance videos showed the same man near the site of the explosion and another location where a pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away, multiple local and federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

Saturday's explosion shook New York City's Chelsea neighborhood and sent panicked people scrambling for cover. By Sunday, 26 of the injured who had been admitted to hospitals had been released.

A few blocks away from the blast site and shortly after the explosion occurred, investigators found one possible lead: a pressure cooker, with dark-colored wiring sticking out, connected by silver duct tape to what appears to be a cellphone, officials said.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, the FBI and NYPD conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest in the investigation, according to a statement from FBI. No one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is ongoing, the statement said.

3 attacks on US soil

The blast occurred on the same day an explosion went off near a Marine Corps charity run in New Jersey and a man stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall. Authorities are investigating all three incidents as possible terror acts.

The Department of Homeland Security is actively monitoring and participating in the investigations in New York and New Jersey. Investigators found similarities between the explosives used in both states, according to multiple law enforcement officials, but authorities said they have not concluded the incidents are linked.

"We do not have any specific evidence of a connection, but that will continue to be considered," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "We're not taking any options off the table."

Suspicious device found nearby

The blast occurred around 8:30 p.m. at 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Investigators believe the blast was caused by an explosive device in or near a dumpster, a law enforcement source told CNN. Four blocks away on 27th Street, a pressure-cooker device was found with a piece of paper with writing on it close by, officials said.

Surveillance video shows a man dragging what appears to be a duffel bag with wheels near the site of the West 23rd street explosion about 40 minutes before the blast, according to multiple local and federal law enforcement sources.

About 10 minutes later, surveillance video shows the same man with what appears to be the same duffel bag on West 27th street, multiple law enforcement sources said.

In the video, the man leaves the duffel bag where police later found the unexploded pressure cooker. After he leaves, the video shows two men removing a white garbage bag believed to contain the pressure cooker from the duffel bag and leaving it on the sidewalk, according to a senior law enforcement official and another source familiar with the video.

Investigators have not determined if those two men are connected to the man with the duffel bag on both streets, the sources said.

The device was transported to the NYPD Bomb Squad facility at Rodman's Neck Range in the Bronx.

NYPD and FBI Bomb technicians rendered the device safe. A forensic examination of the device and its components will be conducted at the FBI Laboratory at Quantico, Virginia.

'New York is up and running'

New Yorkers will see an increased police presence around the city, de Blasio said.

Stepped-up security across the city is common as world leaders arrive for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, which is underway.

"You should know you will see a very substantial NYPD presence this week -- bigger than ever," de Blasio said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo added that 1,000 additional New York State Police officers and National Guard troops will be deployed to patrol bus terminals, airports and subway stations.

"I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work on Monday that New York is up and running and we're doing everything that we need to do," he said.

6 comments

  • the duke of all shiny metal objects

    Just a side affect from the anti-christian racee. COMMON SENSE TELLS ME THIS and 911
    is/was just the beginning. Thanks to liberal idiots. It will never stop 1400 years it’s been going on now they brought it here.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Five Bombs Found in Package at N.J. Train Station, One Explodes as Robot Examines It…………….
    Yes lets keep letting this Muslim trash into our country, lets not profile like they do in Israel which actually works…
    This is playing right into what Trump has been telling us for a year now.

    Trump 2016

    • cheeseburger_walrus

      There’s attacks in Israel all the time… Have you forgotten when Hezbollah fired like 1000 rockets into Israel? Or the regular kidnappings/killings? You could even argue that those events happen partially BECAUSE they profile. They make it really easy for people to view them as an enemy.

  • BE NICE

    Thank Goodness nobody was killed this time!
    Every time I see a Muslim-looking person with a backpack or a Hijab, I get a sick feeling in my stomach. And the men are usually carrying cell phones. We’re expected to be able to distinguish the good from the bad. We’re supposed to trust them, not judge them, otherwise we’re called racists. But that is “their” game, not ours. I don’t trust any of them anymore. I’ve always “chosen” to believe that people are all created equal. But that’s a naive and foolish ideal to me now. One of the suspects name is Mohammad, go figure. I’ll guess that all of the other names match his.
    It’s going to come down to Marshall Law because the FBI isn’t going to be able to be everywhere that the terrorists in this country are all at the same time.
    People NEED to be suspicious of these people, that’s the only way they get caught!

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