CRIME

'Suspicious Package' Explodes In New Jersey As Bomb Squad Robot Tries To Disarm It

Bag containing explosive devices was found in a wastebasket.

19/09/2016 3:03 PM AEST | Updated September 20, 2016 02:05

A bag containing as many as five pipe bombs detonated overnight in Elizabeth, New Jersey as a bomb squad robot tried to render it safe, the FBI stated.

No injuries were reported.

The FBI arrived on the scene late Sunday night after receiving reports of a suspicious package that was found by the Elizabeth, New Jersey train station. Around 9:30 p.m., two men took a package from a wastebasket, believing it to be “of some value to them,” Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said.

As they walked around the corner, the men noticed the package contained wires and a pipe. They immediately dropped it and called Elizabeth police.

The discovery came just one day after a small bomb detonated alongside a 5K charity race in nearby Seaside Park, and an explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night. More than two dozen people were injured in the second blast. A second device that did not explode was also found in the area. 

As a result of the investigation in Elizabeth, train service in the area was interrupted. All New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains were suspended going through the Elizabeth, New Jersey station.

At the time of this writing, law enforcement officials are still gathering evidence at the site of the explosion.

The incident in Elizabeth, New Jersey was the fifth since Friday. Previous attacks occurred in New York City, Seaside Park, New Jersey, Philadelphia and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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