Manhattan federal prosecutors simply unveiled new video of accused Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi igniting a selfmade incendiary gadget in his New Jersey yard — two days earlier than the Sept. 17, 2016 bombings in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and within the Backyard State that injured dozens.
The video, proven at Rahimi’s bombing trial on Thursday, exhibits the Elizabeth, NJ, resident squatting in the midst of his yard to mild a small, black object whereas an unidentified lady takes a cellphone video.
The thing begins to smoke earlier than capturing off a tall flame, which startled the lady.
If convicted, Rahimi, 29, stands to spend the remainder of his life in jail.
Thursday’s proceedings ended earlier than the witness who launched the video might clarify extra concerning the object that was ignited or the way it pertains to the bombings.
Rahimi’s yard pyrotechnics have been anticipated, nevertheless, as a result of cellular phone footage taken by the lady was referenced within the grievance filed towards him final yr.
“The video depicts the lighting of the fuse, a loud noise and flames, adopted by billowing smoke and laughter,” in response to the grievance.
The trial is predicted to proceed Tuesday after the Columbus Day vacation.