Authorities in New York City are working to determine whether there was any connection between several explosive devices found in two states in two days.
There was an explosion in a bustling Manhattan neighbourhood Saturday night, and an unexploded pressure cooker device was found blocks away; there was a pipe bomb blast earlier Saturday in a New Jersey shore town; and five explosive devices were found near a New Jersey train station late Sunday.
WATCH ABOVE: Surveillance video from a nearby fitness center shows the moment of the explosion. Pedestrians can be seen scrambling as the blast occurred.
FBI agents in Brooklyn stopped “a vehicle of interest in the investigation” of the Manhattan explosion on Sunday night, but few other details have been released.
A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said five people in the car were being questioned at an FBI building in lower Manhattan.
New York Police have named 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Raham as a suspect in Saturday’s bombing.
The investigation is ongoing, and as of Monday morning, no charges have been laid by Police.
After touring the site of Saturday’s blast that injured 29 people in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there didn’t appear to be any link to international terrorism.
Cuomo suggested the unexploded pressure cooker device appeared “similar in design” to the first bomb, but could not provide any further details.
According to a federal law enforcement official, the Chelsea bomb contained a residue of Tannerite, an explosive that can be picked up in many sporting goods stores. The discovery may be significant as the investigation continues into whether there’s any connection between two New York City devices and the pipe bomb at the Jersey shore.
Homemade pressure cooker bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 in 2013 Boston Marathon attacks.
The pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, ahead of a charity 5K race benefiting Marines and sailors. The race was cancelled and no one was hurt.
Five suspicious devices were found near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey late Sunday. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said the devices were discovered by two men who saw wires and a pipe coming out of a bag in a trash can. One of the devices blew up as a bomb squad used a robot to attempt to disarm it. Thankfully no one was injured.
It’s not clear if the devices were similar to those in nearby Seaside Park or New York City.