Federal Bureau of Investigation seizes 200 pound bomb from Rockland County man

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation seizes 200 pound bomb from Rockland County man

Federal Bureau of Investigation seizes 200 pound bomb from Rockland County man

Federal authorities have arrested and charged a NY man who they say planned to build a 200-pound bomb and detonate it on Election Day on the Mall.

According to the U.S. Attorney Office in the Southern District of New York, Rosenfeld was stopped by law enforcement while driving on Tuesday and taken in for questioning; he reportedly told investigators that he'd ordered "large quantities of black powder - an explosive substance - over the internet, which he transported from a location in New Jersey to his home in Tappan, New York".

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"As alleged in the complaint, Paul M. Rosenfeld planned to detonate a large explosive to kill himself and draw attention to his radical political beliefs", William F. Sweeney Jr., FBI assistant director-in-charge, said in a press release.

After searching Rosenfeld's home, agents found a 200-pound bomb in the basement filled with explosive black powder, the complaint said.

On Wednesday, FBI agents continued searching a home just north of New York City, where they discovered the device. "Rosenfeld's alleged plan for an Election Day detonation cut against our democratic principles".

He stated, among other things, that he used approximately eight pounds of black powder to construct a large explosive device in the basement of the Residence, and that he installed certain components in the explosive device to ensure that he was killed in the blast.

This came after an individual had received letters and text messages from the suspect about the plot, and had alerted the authorities.

Officials say there is no danger or threat to the public.

Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, N.Y., was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and with interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 'Fortunately, his plans were thwarted by the quick action of a concerned citizen and the diligent work of a host of our law enforcement partners and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force'.

Rosenfeld had an initial court appearance before a magistrate at a federal courthouse in White Plains on Wednesday afternoon.