Landlord charged in Jersey City bomb planting

Jersey City police have charged the owner of the building where an improvised explosive device was found early this morning on Palisade Avenue near Griffith Street.

Police say 54-year-old Milan Bolich, Jr. and the owner of a pizzeria located inside had battled over back rent. The device, a gasoline can with electrical wires running to a ceiling outlet, was rigged to explode if someone opened the front door. No one was injured since the owner of the restaurant entered through the back door this morning.

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 around 6:40 a.m. for a natural gas leak. Several apartment buildings were evacuated while crews investigated the leak and bomb squad personnel defused the device.

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

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