Two charged in NJ pipe bomb incident

June 8, 2009 7:59:36 AM PDT
Two men were charged with the planting of three crude pipe bombs near homes in Wayne. The pipe bombs were believed to be buried for at least year until two friends of the suspects came forward.

Police say 20-year-old Joseph Boniface, of Wayne, was arrested overnight. He was charged with possession of a destructive devise and released on $1,000 bail.

Charges are pending against the second suspect, who is being held in Passaic County Jail on a previous matter. He will be charged in connection with the Wayne pipe bombs in the coming days.

The suspects said they designed the pipe bombs, filled with gunpowder and tipped with caps and ignition fuses, to detonate in a nearby quarry.

Instead, at some point, the pipe bombs were buried in the woods along Cole Road.

The pipe bombs were believed to be buried for at least a year until the suspect currently behind bars told two friends about them.

The friends turned around and informed Wayne police about the pipe bombs.

Based on the tip, Wayne police, along with Passaic County and officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, descended on the area Sunday. They found the pipe bombs and detonated them.

Investigators believe the suspects made the pipe bombs as a prank and did not intend to hurt anyone. But homes as far away as one quarter of a mile were evacuated as a precaution during the detonation.


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