New Jersey police detonate possible bomb after weekend blasts

By REUTERS
September 19, 2016 09:09

Police detonated a suspicious package early on Monday near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, following concerns that it might contain a live explosive device, the city's mayor said.

The incident came after the United States was shaken by three attacks at the weekend, including a Saturday night bombing that injured 29 in Manhattan and a stabbing incident at a Minnesota shopping mall that wounded nine.

In Elizabeth, a city south of Newark, New Jersey, two men scavenging trash near the train station on Sunday evening found a suspicious package containing what could have been a live bomb in a wastebasket, Mayor Christian Bollwage said.

The men reported the package to police after they "saw wires and a pipe," Bollwage told reporters. A Union County bomb squad drone determined the package "could be a live bomb" and an FBI bomb squad went to the site.


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