One day after an IED exploded in a busy midtown Manhattan sidewalk, an explosion took place at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after a suspicious backpack was found. The detonation was “not controlled”, the city’s mayor said. Meanwhile, the FBI has questioned five people in connection with Saturday’s Manhattan blast. Elizabeth’s mayor, Christian Bollwage, said the blast occurred when authorities were trying to “disarm” the backpack, and that the explosion was not controlled.
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No one was injured in the blast. The device in Elizabeth, a city south of Newark, had been left in a backpack placed in a trash can near a train station and a bar, Mayor Christian Bollwage told reporters.
“This was an explosive device” containing as many as five devices, Bollwage said. “Based on the loudness, I think people could have been severely hurt or injured if they had been in the vicinity.”
WATCH: Explosive device detonates near Elizabeth train station as robot was examining it pic.twitter.com/OQp2xr0aNl
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As many as five potential explosive devices tumbled out of the backpack when it was emptied, Bollwage said. After cordoning off the area, a bomb squad used a robot to cut a wire to try to disable the device, but inadvertently set off an explosion, he said. “I can imagine that if all five of them went off at the same time, that the loss of life could have been enormous if there was an event going on,” Bollwage said.
FBI Bomb Squad is on scene and continuing the investigation at the train station in Midtown Elizabeth. pic.twitter.com/qvmzsgisjC
— Chris Bollwage (@MayorBollwage) 19 September 2016
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