LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

Pipe Bomb Detonates Near Elizabeth Train Station, Elizabeth Man in Custody

UPDATE: Ahmad Khan Rahami was apprehended in Linden. NJTV News live coverage here.

A pipe bomb detonated at Elizabeth Station early Monday morning. According to authorities, at 8:47 p.m. Sunday, two patrons from a local bar called police after seeing a suspicious backpack on a garbage can. Inside they found what appeared to be a pipe bomb. FBI, ATF, county and local officials secured the scene and discovered a total of five explosive devices within the bag.

At 12:40 a.m. Monday, while attempting to disarm the explosives, one detonated. Media and residents were immediately pushed back a full city block for safety.

Investigators are looking into whether or not the incident is related to the explosion that happened in Seaside Park Saturday morning and an explosion in Chelsea that happened Saturday night.

Monday morning, the FBI announced it is looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old man with a last known address in Elizabeth. He’s wanted for questioning in connection with the Chelsea explosion. According to the FBI, he is a U.S citizen of Afghan descent. The FBI said he should be considered armed and dangerous and asks anyone with information to call 800-CALL-FBI.

NJ Transit trains were suspended for a time after the Elizabeth incident. Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains have resumed regular weekday service, but the agency says customers should plan for delays. Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by PATH, ferry service an, NJ Transit and private carrier buses.

This following video serves as a live account of the evening as the events unfolded: