Man charged in Jersey City bomb planting appears in court

The man charged in planting an improvised explosive device in a building he owned, appeared in court today.

Milan Bolich, Jr., 54, is charged with aggravated arson, risking widespread injury and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

Emergency crews found a crude explosive device yesterday morning rigged inside of a pizzeria located on Palisade Avenue near Griffith Street. Bolich owned the building that housed the pizzeria.

Police say the 54-year-old and the owner of the pizzeria had battled over back rent, maintenance issues and illegal dumping.

The device, a gasoline can with electrical wires running to a ceiling outlet, was rigged to explode if someone opened the front door.

If tripped, the device could have leveled the building and the surrounding area, according to Jersey City Deputy Police Chief Peter Nalbach.

The incident began when emergency crews received a call from Bolich around 6:40 a.m. complaining of a strong odor of gas. Bolich eventually led police right to the device.

Several apartment buildings were evacuated while crews investigated the leak and bomb squad personnel defused the device. No one was injured since Bolich entered through the back door.

Authorities have not identified the tenant involved in the dispute.

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