NY Scavengers May Have Helped Disarm Second Explosive In Chelsea

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September 19, 2016 11:56 a.m.

There are still conflicting reports surrounding a second explosive device that was found Saturday night on West 27th Street in New York, but reports indicate that individuals looking to pick up an unattended suitcase may have inadvertently thwarted a second explosion.

NBC News reported that surveillance video showed “a man leaving behind a piece of luggage before two other people come along, take a device out of the bag and walk away with just the suitcase”

According to DNA info, two people saw a suitcase on West 27th Street, opened it up and took a pressure cooker out “before placing the explosive into a garbage bag and walking away with the rolling suitcase.”

According to DNA info, “investigators believe they inadvertently disabled the explosive.”

It was the first, but not the last scavenging incident that may have actually saved lives in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. According to other reports, two men were also responsible for locating explosives in an unattended backpack at an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station Sunday evening. There, two men found a backpack, walked some distance with it before stopping and discovering it was filled with wires.

In that incident, police were notified and five explosive devices were found.

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