The explosion in Elizabeth occurred in the early hours of Monday morning. The remaining four devices will be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory at Quantico, Virginia, said Bollwage.
The discovery of the device comes after a pipe bomb went off in a trash can in Seaside Park before a 5K race to benefit a military charity and the explosion of a device inside a dumpster in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered for deployment of 1,000 New York State Police and National Guard members across the city.
It wasn’t immediately clear if there was a connection between the dwelling and the blast at the Elizabeth train station at around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Officials said the two incidents did not appear to be connected, but they weren’t ruling anything out. It appears that a device detonated as a police robot was attempting to defuse it and cut a wire. The race was cancelled and no one was injured.
In New York last night, the F.B.I. arrested 5 men who somehow may be connected to the recent bombs, as they drove to the airport.
The incidents were being investigated as potential acts of terrorism, authorities said.
A homemade bomb found in a backpack near an Elizabeth, N.J. train station early this morning was inadvertently set off by a police robot.
The bag, which had five suspicious devices in it, forced authorities to shut down or restrict transit in the area, including some Amtrak trains and New Jersey Transit services in and out of NY.
Two bar patrons found the bag containing the devices in a trash can near train tracks.
Bollwage told CBS News the explosion was unintentional.
The city’s mayor, Christian Bollwage, told Sky News the pair had alerted authorities after they “saw wires and a pipe”. Two officers were shot, one in the hand and the other in a bullet-proof vest, he said. A pressure cooker device was also found blocks away, but it didn’t explode.
“We do not have any specific evidence of a connection, but that will continue to be considered”, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. There were no timers or cell phones found with the bombs, Bollwage said, prompting investigators to believe they had been discarded quickly. The explosion was not a controlled blast.
NJ Transit said its Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast services resumed Monday, though delays and cancellations were also expected on those lines.