Homemade Explosive Found in Manhattan Train Station

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Thursday, Feb 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:16 PM EDT
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Homemade Explosive Found in Manhattan Train Station

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A Metro North train pulls to a stop at 125th Street

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A homemade explosive was found at a Harlem train station, and one man has been taken into custody.

The device, found in front of a ticket window at Metro-North's 125th Street station, consisted of fireworks taped together with 30 bullets, metal objects and a fuse in a bag -- and was capable of igniting, authorities said.

Officials said people could have been killed or injured.

A police explosives squad removed the device and authorities restored train service to the station.

They say a 57-year-old man with no legs in a wheelchair left the would-be bomb. He was taken into custody and is now under observation at Bellevue Hospital Center. Police questioned and released one man who was with him and are still searching for another.

Law-enforcement sources said the suspect in custody has past drug arrests and says a woman gave him the bag.

Authorities say they do not suspect terrorism was a motive but the investigation continues.

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