A Jersey City woman made a shocking discovery on her lawn this morning when she noticed a military rocket launcher lying in the grass.
Niranjana Besai was leaving her house at 88 Nelson Street, to go to work at just after 8 a.m. when she saw the launcher on her front lawn. She immediately called police.
Besai's neighbor, Joe Quinn, saw her pointing at the equipment from her front porch. When he walked over to the six-foot-long weapon, he was just as shocked. “It looked like a bazooka,” he told CBS 2 News.
Quinn tells CBS 2 HD he originally thought the launcher was just a pipe, but after noticing it had a picture of a soldier on it, he realized it looked similar to a missile launcher he'd seen on television.
Jersey City Police removed the launcher, and the incident is now being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Jersey City Police could not confirm whether it was actually operable.
Sources tell CBS 2 HD that it’s the kind of missile launcher that can take down an aircraft and that the area where the launcher was discovered is in or very near a flight path for Newark Liberty International Airport.
So we have a rocket launcher found in the flight path of a major US airport, and the police will not tell us if it was operable. Very interesting wouldn't you say?