Jersey City man arrested after bomb-making materials found in apartment

Posted at 12:55 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-29 09:49:09-04

JERSEY CITY (PIX11) — What was a Jersey City man doing with bomb making components in his apartment?

Jersey City Police said Mykyta Panasenko, 27, was arrested on April 15th after authorities found materials that could be combined to make explosives.

Panasenko was charged with possession of destructive devices and creating a risk of widespread damage. Authorities said he did transport completed devices from his home earlier this month. He reportedly took the explosives on a New Jersey Transit train from Hoboken to Suffern, New York.

The New York Daily News reported that he detonated the devices on April 7th in Suffern for fun. Panasenko told the Daily News the devices were fireworks, not bombs.

“There is no indication at this point of the investigation that he intended to detonate a device in his building or on the transit system,” said Jersey City Police in a statement.

According to authorities, no completed explosive devices were found in the apartment or on a train.

Panasenko was charged on a summons complaint and released on his own recognizance.