Multiple bombs were found near an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station Sunday evening and the FBI has taken five individuals in custody in connection with the Chelsea bombing on Saturday night.
A backpack containing up to five devices was discovered by two men thinking it had valuables. They found the backpack at around 9:30 p.m. on Sundayin a trashcanoutside of a local pub about 500 feet from the train trestle, CNN reported.
Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwagesaid the two men alerted police when they saw wires and a pipe in the bag, CNN reported.There were no cellphone or electronic timing devices found.
"The robots that went in to disarm it, cut a wire and it exploded," Bollwage said, CNN reported.
The remaining devices will be taken into protective cases to a local site, then tothe FBI laboratory at Quantico, Virginia.
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NBC Newsconfirmed that "heavily armed FBI agents" seen at a fried chicken restaurantin Elizabeth were involved in the tri-state bombs investigation.
FBI Bomb Squad is on scene and continuing the investigation at the train station in Midtown Elizabeth. pic.twitter.com/qvmzsgisjC— Chris Bollwage (@MayorBollwage) September 19, 2016
Some law enforcement officials told NBC News they are concerned about a possibleactive terrorism cell with several members in the New York-New Jersey area.
A "vehicle of interest" in the bombing in Chelsea on Saturday evening was stopped at about 8:45 a.m. near theVerrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York,New York Daily News reported.
Five people are being questioned by the FBI, but so far, noone has been charged and the investigation is ongoing.
Train service between New Jersey and Penn Station in New York City was halted, but resumed service at around 5:30 a.m. a NJ Transit spokeswoman said. All tickets and passes will be honored, including passes and ticketsfor thePATH, ferry, NJ Transitand carrier buses.
The spokeswoman for NJ Transit also said that delays are expected, especially for the North East Corridor and New Jersey Coast lines.
MTA Transit Police did not give out any information other than security is "hyped up. It's not a great time."
Metro reached out to the FBI in Newark, since the FBI has jurisdiction, and is awaiting a call back from a representative.
There was a suspicious package with multiple improvised explosive devices this evening at the Elizabeth Train Station in NJ. #Elizabeth— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) September 19, 2016
Bomb techs from the FBI, Union County, & the New Jersey State Police have arrived on the scene and are now rendering the area safe— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) September 19, 2016
In the course of rendering one of the devices safe, it detonated. There are no injuries & law enforcement personnel are at the scene....— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) September 19, 2016
processing evidence. We will continue to provide additional information once the area has been cleared. Anyone with info call 1-800-CALLFBI— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) September 19, 2016
New Jersey Transit has resumed operations and area at downtown Elizabeth has been cleared.— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) September 19, 2016