#Explosives discovered in New Jersey, USA

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BBC News

Suspicious devices found near New Jersey station

September 19, 2016

A suspicious device found near a New Jersey railway station exploded as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials say. It was one of up to five devices found in backpack inside a rubbish bin near the station in Elizabeth, according to the city’s mayor. No-one was hurt. The discovery came after three attacks at the weekend – bombs in New York and New Jersey, and stabbings in Minnesota. The explosion in New York’s Chelsea area injured 29 people. In Elizabeth, New Jersey, police detonated a device on Monday following concerns it was a live bomb. “That was not a controlled explosion,” said Mayor Christian Bollwage, adding that the blast happened as a robot examining a device cut a wire.

The bag containing multiple devices was picked out of a bin by two men who thought it could contain something of value. “They started to examine the backpack is when they found the wires and the pipes and they dropped the backpack, walked around the corner, went in to police headquarters and notified us right away,” he said. In New York City, the FBI said it had stopped a “vehicle of interest” in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

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The Washington Post

Multiple ‘explosive devices’ found at N.J. train station amid rising terrorism fears

September 19, 2016

NEW YORK – Authorities in New York took “a number of people” into custody in connection with Saturday’s bombing in Manhattan, just as their counterparts in New Jersey worked to render safe “multiple improvised explosive devices” discovered at a train station in Elizabeth just across from Staten Island. Though officials did not immediately say whether the two developments were related, they sowed further concern about terrorism in the region and across the country. Police already had been investigating three weekend incidents — explosions in New York and New Jersey and a stabbing attack in Minnesota — that took place within a 12-hour period on Saturday.

About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, the FBI and the New York Police Department stopped what the bureau’s New York Field office called a “vehicle of interest” in the Manhattan bombing investigation, and took people into custody. As of early Monday, authorities said no one had been charged with a crime, and the investigation was continuing. An FBI spokeswoman, Kelly Langmesser, gave no further details on those detained. But the Associated Press, citing government and law enforcement officials, reported that five people were questioned. Law enforcement also combed an area around an Elizabeth, N.J., train station where a backpack with “multiple improvised explosive devices” was found.

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kgun9

Device near New Jersey train station explodes while FBI investigates

September 19, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A suspicious device found in a trash can near a New Jersey train station exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the FBI was working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag, which was discovered in a trash can by two men around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, near the Elizabeth train station on New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor rail line. The men had reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, Bollwage said.

There was no immediate report of injuries or damage. A message left with the FBI wasn’t immediately returned. The mayor warned that other explosions were expected. Here is a look at the explosion. NJ Transit service was suspended early Monday between Newark Liberty Airport and Elizabeth, and New Jersey-bound Amtrak trains were being held at New York Penn Station, officials said, while New York-bound Amtrak trains were being held in Trenton.

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CNN

FBI: Multiple bombs found in package at New Jersey train station

September 19, 2016

Elizabeth, New Jersey (CNN)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 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. Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 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 in the backpack 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.

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CBS News

Mayor: One of five devices found in N.J. city explodes

September 19, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. — This city’s mayor says one of five devices found in a backpack near a train station exploded while a bomb squad robot was attempting to disarm it. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said the blew up shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday. The FBI was leading the investigation and working to disarm the other four devices. Bollwage told CBS News the explosion was unintentional. There were no reports of injuries. Bollwage said to expect more detonations. He added that there was no damage to the train infrastructure nearby. Bollwage also said police were reviewing surveillance from a nearby bar.

He said two men called police and reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of a package after finding it in trash around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. But, he told CBS News, the men didn’t see who dropped the device in the trash. The men, who were scavengers, left the package under the tracks and ran to a police station to report what they had found, says CBS New York. New Jersey Transit says service has been suspended between Newark Liberty Airport and Elizabeth. New York’s emergency management department says New Jersey-bound Amtrak trains are being held at New York’s Penn Station, interrupting some service on the busy Northeast Corridor.

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