NJ Train Explosive: “Terrorist” Just Had Fireworks

    April 26, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A New Jersey man was arrested a week before the Boston bombings for carrying homemade explosive devices onto a New York-bound train, and rumor quickly spread that he was a terrorist. However, 27-year old Mykyta Panasenko said they were simply fireworks and that he was taking them to the wooded area near Suffern to detonate for fun.

His roommate apparently wasn’t in on the good times, because he quickly called police after seeing the explosives and “freaking out”. Investigators arrested Panasenko on April 15th on charges of possession of destructive devices and creating a risk of widespread damage, and he was subsequently interviewed by the FBI. The police force later addressed the incident in a statement, saying, “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.”

Panasenko says he wasn’t aware that the items were illegal and has been highly disturbed by the rumors floating around online that he is a terrorist and was involved in the bombings, though he admits understanding now that it was a bad idea to take explosives onto a train.

“I’m not feeling well,” he said. “After all the stuff I just read about myself online, I almost passed out.”

Now that the story of his arrest has been released, many are wondering why it took so long for the media to grab onto it, or why it was kept so quiet considering the FBI were involved.

  • Paul

    Still a federal violation. Under the federal code of regulations 49. No explosives through tunnels or transported without proper shipping declarations certified by a dash2 employee. These declarations should be given to the conductor and engineer so they know what cargo they are hauling as well as never ever NEVER on a passenger train.

  • Todd N

    Funny, he doesn’t look like a high school student. I thought they were the only ones dumb enough to think detonating fireworks in the woods was a good idea, let alone carry them on a train

  • Sara Lindau

    I think this clown may be just as potentially deadly as the two Boston bozos. What kind of character, age 27, wants to just go off in the woods by himself, presumably, and shoot off illegal fireworks.? Sounds very concocted and whether or not this turkey is a bonafide Islamic or other terrorist is almost irrelevant because he’s walking like a duck, talking like a duck, and is very likely…..a duck. This implausible ridiculous story sounds too weak and I think the FBI should keep their eye on him…like they failed to do with the now-dead Boston Marathon terrorist no. 1. How did that work out for us, fellows?