(CNN) – The bombs used in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey were crude but potentially deadly, and they’re not hard to make.
With the dramatic arrest of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami authorities are scrambling to learn more about how the bombs in New York and New Jersey were made and who made them. New York’s police commissioner says right now, authorities are not actively seeking anyone else in connection with the attacks. Officials still want to know if Rahami had help in making and planting those bombs.
James O’Neill, the N.Y.P.D. commissioner said, “We’re gonna talk to family, talk to friends, and see what the connections are.”
Law enforcement officials tell CNN: on one level, the devices may not be very sophisticated because some of them didn’t detonate.
The pipe-bombs found in New Jersey, experts say are considered crude. On another level, officials say there was enough know-how at work, for these bombs to be lethal. As evidenced by the bb’s and ball-bearings which appeared to be packed into both pressure-cooker bombs in Manhattan.
Ray Lopez, a former FBI bomb technician said, “Oh it was designed to maim and kill. Very very if it has bb’s, extra scrap-metal, you really want to kill someone. You want maximum effect from your explosive bang. That’s what you’re looking for.”
Law enforcement officials tell CNN: the pressure-cooker devices in New York City and the devices along the race route in Seaside, New Jersey were rigged to detonate using cell phones as timers. Possibly with the phones’ alarm clocks. Former FBI and ATF investigators tell us that’s a sign of sophistication.
Lopez said, “You have to have some knowledge of the clock and the assembly of the clock- and you have to sit there and study how much power you’re getting out of it to actually use it.”
Experts say making these bombs doesn’t require a high level of training. An Al Qaeda branch once posted instructions on how to manufacture and deploy a pressure-cooker bomb.
Anthony May, a retired ATF explosives investigator said, “It tells you how to put together devices, how to make explosives. How to make the detonators.”
One miscalculation on the part of the bomber was placing the bomb in Chelsea, which did detonate underneath or inside a dumpster.
Lopez said, “if they put this underneath it or inside of it, it basically acts as a tamp to hold back a lot of the effects of the detonation.”
Ahmad Khan Rahami has been charged with five counts of ‘attempted murder of a law enforcement officer,’ according to a release from the union county, New Jersey prosecutor’s office. Rahami, who’s 28, is also charged with ‘second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon’ and ‘second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.’
Bail was set at five point two million dollars by a state superior court judge.