New York and New Jersey Bombings

NYCA Bombings 17-19 September

New York and New Jersey Bombings by:
Chris Butler, the Nations Leading IED and Explosive Detection / Awareness Expert

Both bombings that occurred over the weekend were “acts of terrorism” despite what Mayor de Blasio spins for the liberal, progressive agenda. Bombings by nature are either for the express purpose of destroying your perceived enemy or to push a political agenda by trying to terrorize and coerce the populace into accepting your agenda, through repeated attacks on their safety.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that detonated at the Seapark race event in NJ was a technical and strategically sound act of terrorism by bombing. Fortunately due to the late start of the race there were few people in the target vicinity. This tells me that the pipe bomb, as it is currently being called, had a timer detonating device. The bomber had no direct control over the device’s detonation after they activated the countdown and couldn’t readjust the timer setting without exposing themselves and the location of the IED.

IED that detonated in Manhattan

IED that detonated in Manhattan

The IED that detonated in Manhattan, on 23rd Street, was a technically sound terrorism bombing but not strategically sound. Due to me not wanting to give aspiring terrorists pointers I’m leaving out why this is so. The second IED that was found by police doing a sweep, on 27th Street, was a pressure cooker style IED, utilizing a cell phone as the trigger for detonation. This device is found all over the Middle East and on various jihadist websites. It’s the same type of IED responsible for the carnage at the Boston Marathon in April of 2013. The two brothers who perpetrated that attack were Muslim and had obviously gained IED building knowledge through their Middle Eastern contacts.

IED Exploding

IED Exploding

The third IED was a backpack that contained 5 IEDs. Initially found by two civilians sitting on a garbage can, outside of a train station in Elizabeth, NJ. The two men noticed a couple of protruding wires coming out of the backpack and notified authorities. Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians investigated the IEDs and during the course of their investigation one of the IEDs exploded. The other four IEDs were secured and rendered safe. The backpack full of IEDs near a busy travel hub, like the train station, is very tactically astute. Not having the IED build Intel yet I cannot say if the protruding wires were part of the trigger for the detonating system or a safe to arm feature. My educated guess, based on my current knowledge of the device; the backpack IED was set up with a timer trigger for the detonation system. A timed IED keeps the bomber physically safe and helps to provide safe separation to support a bomber’s alibi if confronted by authorities.

New York and New Jersey Bombings Timeline

Timeline of the NYCA Bombing Events

Saturday, Sept. 17

9:30 a.m.: A bomb hidden in a trash can explodes in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, near the location of the Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K race. 

8:31 p.m.: An explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood sends 29 people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

11 p.m.: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the explosion “an intentional act” but stops short of calling it terrorism, saying “there is no specific and credible threat to New York City from any terror organization.” He also notes there is no evidence that the bomb in Chelsea was related to the explosion in Seaside Heights.

Shortly after the press conference: A pressure cooker with wires coming out of it and a cellphone connected to it with duct tape is discovered on 27th Street, about four blocks away from where the bomb exploded in Chelsea.

Sunday, Sept. 18

2:23 a.m.: The device that had been discovered on 27th Street is safely removed. 

8:30 p.m.: Two men coming out of a restaurant near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, find a backpack sitting on top of a garbage can and take it. After walking with the extremely heavy bag for about 1,000 feet, the men put it down, and notice wires protruding from it. At around 8:45 p.m., they alerted the Elizabeth Police Department.

10:30 p.m.: Late Sunday night, two law enforcement officials said that investigators stopped a car on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and took five people to an FBI office in Manhattan for questioning in the bombing investigation. One of the officials said that all or most of them may have been from the same family and that they may have been on their way to the airport.

Monday, Sept. 19

12:30 a.m.: After the FBI takes over the scene in Elizabeth, two robots are used to determine the backpack contains five explosives. One of the explosives goes off accidentally—but luckily causes no injuries—before the other four are secured.

Approximately 7:30 a.m.: The FBI releases a photo of a 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami from Elizabeth, New Jersey, saying he is “wanted for questioning” in connection with the Chelsea bombing. He is described as a United States citizen of Afghan descent. Officials later tell CNN that it is believed Rahami is the man seen in surveillance videos taken near the scene of the Chelsea bombing and the location of the pressure cooker device discovered on 27th Street.

New York New Jersey Bombing Locations

New York New Jersey Bombing Locations

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