Montclair Pipe Bomb Safely Dentonated by Sheriff's Bomb Squad PDF Print E-mail

Montclair – Officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad today responded to an Aubrrey Road residence and safely detonated a pipe bomb that was packed with explosives.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the incident unfolded at 6:30 a.m. when the homeowner backed his car out of the driveway and noticed the explosive device on the ground.

The pipe bomb, measuring 12 inches long and 2 inches in diameter, was filled with gunpowder.

“”It was built with enough power to do an awful lot of damage, that’s for sure,” Sheriff Fontoura said. “It certainly was capable of killing and maiming.”

Also called to the scene were the Montclair Police Department, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

After evacuating residents in a two-block radius of the device, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad brought in a robot equipped with a water cannon to shoot open the pipe bomb, a process known as “disruption”, which safely disabled the pipe bomb.

Sheriff Fontoura noted the Montclair explosive device was similar to the one used by Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, who killed North Caldwell resident Thomas Mosser in 1994.

“These devices are crude, but they’re deadly,” Fontoura pointed out.