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Bomb scare spurs search of freight train in NJ

(The Associated Press circulated the following on September 6.)

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. A suspicious package found aboard a freight-train Friday evening contained an electronic device that bomb squad members doused with a water cannon, but it wasn't immediately clear if was capable of causing damage, authorities said.

Investigators were trying to determine what type of device it was found on the train, which was stopped in North Bergen at about 5:30 p.m. after a Florida woman reported that a Federal Express package containing a bomb might be aboard.

The car containing the package was detached at the scene and searched while the rest of the train continued on to a nearby train depot.

Authorities told The Jersey Journal of Jersey City that the woman called CSX on Friday morning to tell them about the package, which she believed was sent by her ex-boyfriend. She later admitted her call was a hoax, but authorities continued to search for the package she referred to and found it shortly after the search began.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Monday, September 8, 2008

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