Trains disrupted after police respond to suspicious device in Elizabeth

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) -- Transit were disrupted after police responded to a suspicious backpack in a garbage can in Elizabeth.[br /][br /]A man alerted authorities just before 9 p.m. Sunday after he found a suspicious device he thought was a bomb. Police then reported to the scene. Men had found the backpack earlier, walked it around the corner, thinking there was something of value in it, but when they opened it, they saw wires and a pipe in the bag. The men immediately dropped the bag and walked around the corner to police headquarters. Police then informed Union County Bomb Squad.[br /][Ads /][br /]Authorities found five devices in the bag. At least one of the devices exploded while authorities were trying to disarm them.[br /][br /][twitter ID="[br /]777713753152425984" /][br /]Amtrak service is currently suspended in Elizabeth as a precaution.[br /][Ads /][br /]Amtrak released a statement Sunday night saying,[br /][br /][i]"Our customers are safe and trains have been brought into stations to allow passengers to disembark and seek alternate transportation. Amtrak apologizes for the inconvenience and will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so.[br /]No Amtrak trains are operating on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Trenton, NJ for the time being." [/i]