A homemade explosive device was found affixed to a headstone in a Jewish cemetery in New Jersey.
The device was discovered on Sunday at the B’nai Abraham Cemetery during the Jewish Federation Cemetery Visiting Day, a public event organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest. The cemetery was evacuated following the discovery, NJ.com reported.
The Essex County Bomb Squad defused the device, News 12 New Jersey reported. Investigators reportedly said the device was not capable of exploding.
The homemade explosive was made up of a non-military mortar taped to a container of lubricant, the police told News 12.
“There is no indication at this time that the device was targeted as a bias/hate crime incident, but we will be following up with our law enforcement partners at Homeland Security to advise them of the incident,” Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest CEO Dov Ben-Shimon said in a post on Facebook.
Police checked the rest of the cemetery for other explosive devices and did not find any. PJC