A bomb was accidentally detonated in Elizabeth, New Jersey, early Monday morning after a robot, sent in by a bomb squad, attempted to disable it. The device, left nearby a train station and a local pub, had been in a backpack that contained "as many as five potential explosive devices," Reuters reported. Authorities hoped the robot could cut the wire to disable the device, but instead this happened:
There were no injuries reported, though Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage noted that "based on the loudness," people likely could have been "severely hurt or injured if they had been in the vicinity."
Authorities are working to disable the other devices found in the backpack. Bollwage said it was "unclear" whether the city was targeted or if the backpack "might have been discarded to elude investigators," Reuters reported.
Two other bombs went off over the weekend, including one on the Jersey Shore and another in New York City, which left 29 injured.