An explosive device detonated during a police attempt to disarm it in Elizabeth, New Jersey early Monday, in the third New York City area incident involving what appear to be improvised bombs.
A call came into Elizabeth authorities at 8:47 p.m. after two men found a suspicious backpack in a garbage can, mayor Chris Bollwage said in a press conference. The men took it around the corner thinking there was something of value in it, but notified police when they saw wires and a pipe inside the bag. Police immediately brought in the bomb squad.
Authorities recovered five devices in the backpack. One of the IEDs exploded during an attempt to disarm it using a robot, ABC News reports.