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NBC News reports a loud explosion was heard just before 1 AM at the train station where authorities were investigating a suspected bomb. There are conflicting reports on whether this was a controlled detonation tied to that investigation or not. Reports from scene describe police as startled by the sound of the explosion.

1:21 AM: This tweet from an NBC reporter on the scene is the latest report on the explosion heard in Elizabeth ...

1:32 AM: The same NBC reporter now quotes the Mayor of Elizabeth saying this was not in fact a controlled explosion but was "an explosive device [that] could have hurt a lot of people." Needless to say the situation in Elizabeth seems confused and rather chaotic and the Mayor himself may not have all the information about what's happening. I think for the moment we simply don't know what happened. But reading between the lines perhaps this is a semantic confusion about constitutes a controlled detonation.

1:42 PM: Latest report suggests the suspicious package/suspected bomb detonated while a police robot was cutting wires or somehow working with the device. So not a controlled detonation per se but also not a bomb or device that wasn't known about or different from the one the police were examining. It is probably most accurate to say this bomb went off in a semi-controlled setting, not an intentional detonation but one in which police knew they were working with a bomb that might go off and had taken precautions accordingly.

Let me try to connect the dots with the fragmentary information which has emerged in the last hour. Much of this information is incomplete. I will try to be very specific about what information is coming from difference sources and the level of confirmation in each case.

[This post is being continually updated with new information.]

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The New York Daily News is now reporting the following with regard to the arrests near the Verrazano Bridge ...

Federal agents busted five people in Brooklyn in a possible connection to the Chelsea bombing after finding a bomb cache at a New Jersey train station late Sunday, law enforcement sources said.

The suspects were busted with a weapons stash inside a SUV along the Belt Parkway after authorities discovered three pipe bombs and two smaller devices at a train station in Elizabeth, the source said.

This is the first report of additional bombs or bomb making materials found at the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Late Update: A subsequent update refers to "three pipe bombs and two smaller devices" at the Elizabeth train station.

Later Update: From an NYC official alert: "Due to police activity in Elizabeth, NJ, all New Jersey bound Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains are being held in Penn Station (MN)."

About forty minutes ago, New York State Senator Marty Golden posted to Twitter and Instagram the following: "Update from the NYPD: About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea."

Note the post says "possible connection." This could be entirely unrelated or arrests which turn out to be nothing. Nothing certain here. But what he's describing would have taken place in his district.

This evening I had the odd experience of requiring a police escort to walk to the entrance of my apartment. Because I live on a block that the NYPD currently defines as a crime scene. I confess I don't have a lot of experience with how quickly police and bomb squad investigators retrieve objects in a situation like this. You've probably seen the carcass of the dumpster that withstood the primary impact of the Chelsea explosion. I was surprised to see that it's still resting right where it fell, across the street from the site of the blast.

I continue to believe this video contains perhaps the most revealing statement Trump ever made about birtherism. It's video from an interview we did with Trump back in April of 2011. Watch after the jump.

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