UPDATE 1:30am – Explosion in New Jersey terminal while bomb squad robot was inspecting a backpack containing “numerous devices”. It was NOT a controlled detonation. Thankfully no-one was hurt, area previously evacuated.
FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea (link)
Eyewitnesses report several NYPD officers in swat gear armed with rifles had a vehicle stopped on the Belt Parkway.
Five men were then taken in custody after the FBI called for NYPD backup. The men were believed to be headed to the airport, The New York Post reported.
♦ Five people were apprehended on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn near to New York’s Verrazano Bridge
♦ They were heavily armed in the SUV according to the FBI who also said they discovered bomb making equipment
♦ Police and FBI said that three pipe bombs and two smaller explosive devices were found in Elizabeth, NJ (5 devices)
♦ All Amtrak and NJTransit trains were being held in Penn Station in Manhattan after the discovery at station
♦ The pipe bombs in New Jersey used flip phone timers and as did pressure-cooker device found in Chelsea
♦ It’s believed home-made bomb that exploded also used old-school flip phone as a detonator
♦ Believed that the metal dumpster the bomb was placed in prevented loss of life in Manhattan UPDATES BELOW:
♦ Bomb squad robot inspecting backpack in New Jersey when a bomb detonated:
Five people have been taken into custody in connection with the Chelsea bombing after the FBI discovered a bomb cache in New Jersey and stopped a car near New York City’s Verrazano Bridge on Sunday night.
The FBI is believed to have called the NYPD for backup at around 8.45pm after making the decision to halt a car on the busy Belt Parkway and found the occupants were heavily armed. No one has been charged with any crime and the investigation is continuing says the FBI who confirmed all five individuals are from New Jersey.
According to the FBI, law enforcement later discovered three pipe bombs and two smaller devices at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near to Newark Liberty International Airport. According to Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, two unidentified men found a package in a trash bin around 9.30pm and decided to take it because they ‘thought it was of some value’.
When they saw wires and the pipe they dropped it and called Elizabeth Police. Police deployed a robot to examine the device and are currently on scene. All train traffic out of Manhattan to New Jersey was immediately halted while the bomb squad was dispatched. According to state Sen. Martin Golden, the incident is connected to Chelsea and the FBI later confirmed that it was. (Daily Mail Report)