Garfield homes evacuated as precaution when ‘railroad torpedoes’ found

Several homes in a Garfield neighborhood were evacuated Monday afternoon after some explosives were found inside one of the homes.
Garfield police say they found 14 railroad torpedoes in a home on Manner Avenue just before 1 p.m. Monday. The devices are small explosive noisemakers used by rail companies as alert devices. They were found inside a flare box.
Police say the homeowner bought the box at a flea market in Burlington County on Sunday. He called the police when he realized what was in the box.
Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution while the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad secured the items.