A heavy police presence was reported at the Belt Parkway underneath the Verrazano bridge in NYC late Sunday, and the FBI said a traffic stop of five people was related to the September 17 bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
This came after a bomb that was placed in a garbage can close to where a charity run for Marines and sailors was taking place in Seaside Park, New Jersey, was also detonated on the same day with a cell phone.
Authorities believe the incidents in New York and New Jersey were connected, ABC News reported.
The Boston Globe reported that officials said they were questioning the five people at an FBI building in lower Manhattan Sunday night.
The FBI stressed that no arrests were made from the traffic stop. “We conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest in New York City but no arrests were made and no one has been charged with any crime,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser told Reuters.
The NY Post said the suspects are men, and that they were heading to the airport when police stopped them.
The men were reportedly in possession of a cache of weapons, according to the NY Daily News.
State Senator Martin Golden hinted early on, about an hour after the 8:45 p.m. stop, via Instagram and in a tweet that the incident was possibly connected to the Chelsea bombing:
Others were also speculating that the traffic stop was likely related to the Chelsea bombing:
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*This story will be updated as information becomes available.