Saturday, June 12, 2004


The Philadelphia Daily News (a fully-paid subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee) reports the discovery of a small pipe bomb along the NEC tracks in Norwood yesterday.

"It was functional," said Cpl. Chris Kennedy of the Norwood police. But "it wasn't big enough to do any damage."

Kennedy described the bomb as a four-inch plastic casing containing gun powder.

Amtrak spokesperson Vernae Graham said the device was not immediately linked to any terrorist activity. But a source close to Amtrak said a similar device was found last week next to Amtrak tracks in Torresdale.

Amtrak police are looking to see if a copycat to the "suburban bomber" is behind the latest devices, the source said.

During 2000 and 2001, about 20 devices were found in Montgomery and Chester counties. The culprit behind the planted bombs was never apprehended.

Graham said the Norwood tracks where the bomb was found is used frequently by the SEPTA regional rail line. But SEPTA reported no delays related to the find, officials said yesterday.
Daily News

The "suburban bomber" was responsible for several bomb scares in and around the Phoenixville/Royersford/Valley Forge area, and was the subject of a massive manhunt by Chester County, Montgomery County, state and federal law enforcement officers. How Amtrak has managed to compare the two incidents in Torresdale and Norwood is curious at best, but it certainly is comforting to know that at least one police agency responsible for protecting our mass transit system is doing its job.

Are you paying attention, Jim Jordan?

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