An explosive device detonates as a bomb squad robot attempts to disarm after multiple devices were found in suspicious package near a train station in New Jersey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Device explodes as bomb squad robot attempts to disarm
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An explosive device left near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, blew up early on Monday (September 19) when a bomb squad robot cut a wire on the mechanism, one of as many as five potential bombs found at the site, officials said.
No one was injured in the blast that followed a series of attacks in the United States over the weekend, including a Saturday night bombing that hurt 29 people in Manhattan.
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.
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.
Bomb technicians from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Union County and New Jersey were involved in the operation that resulted in the detonation of the object, one of multiple explosive devices at the site, the FBI confirmed on Twitter.
Bollwage said it was unclear whether Elizabeth, a city with a population of nearly 130,000 people that is less than 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Manhattan, was targeted or if the backpack might have been discarded to elude investigators.
Authorities early on Monday were working to remove the other devices found in the backpack, Bollwage said.