Police in Jersey City have foiled what they’re saying was a bomb plot that could have destroyed part of the city’s Heights section.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Nalbach says the primitive bomb, consisting of a gas can with a wire attached to it, was found inside a vacant pizzeria on the ground floor of a three-story building Monday.
Police Chief Thomas Comey says investigators are interviewing two suspects and could announce arrests within the next few hours. Nalbach said police are focusing on a man who once rented the pizzeria and may have had a legal dispute with the building’s owner.
Police and fire units had responded to the building for a report of a gas leak and found the would-be bomb set to go off if the front door was opened.
The state Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness said the attempted bombing was not terrorism related, MyFoxNY.com reported.