New Jersey Mayor Says One of 5 Devices Found at Train Station Explodes

The Hollywood Reporter

A New Jersey mayor says one of five devices found in a backpack near a train station has exploded while a bomb squad robot was attempting to disarm it.

Elizabeth, N.J., mayor Christian Bollwage said that the device exploded shortly after 12:30 a.m. ET Monday. The FBI was leading the investigation and working to disarm the other four devices.

There were no reports of injuries. Bollwage said to expect more detonations.

According to NBC News' Miguel Almaguer, Bollwage says the device "could have hurt" a lot of people if it had gone off.

- Miguel Almaguer (@Miguelnbc) September 19, 2016

Elizabeth, NJ mayor says 5 devices were left in a single backpack. Had "bomb" went of "it would have certainly killed/injured many".

- Miguel Almaguer (@Miguelnbc) September 19, 2016

Two men found the package in a waste basket in Elizabeth, N.J. at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night and took it "because they thought it was of some value" and then notified the police, Bollwage said during a press conference

The two men reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package. The bomb squad was called in and a drone examined the package. "The drone indicated it could be suspicious and it could be a live bomb," Bollwage said.

The FBI and State Police were called to the scene to decide how to remove the device. At around 12:30 a.m., a loud explosion occurred in the area, according to local reporters who took to social media.

Multiple devices in the backpack that was found
Be aware of more detonations to come #Elizabeth NJ- Andy Mai (@MaiAndy) September 19, 2016

New Jersey Transit says service has been suspended between Newark Liberty Airport and Elizabeth. New York's emergency management department says that New Jersey-bound Amtrak trains are being held at New York Penn Station.

Also on Sunday night, the FBI pulled over a car on a highway in Brooklyn and were questioning the vehicle's occupants in connection with the investigation into the New York City bombing that injured 29 people on Saturday, authorities said.

It is unclear if the Elizabeth incident is related.

NEC and NJCL service remains suspended between EWR and Elizabeth due to police activity near Elizabeth.

- NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) September 19, 2016

Sept. 18, 10:30 p.m.: Updated with explosion.