ELIZABETH, N.J. – Two homeless men are being called heroes after finding a bomb over the weekend, potentially saving lives.
Lee Parker and Ivan White spotted a brand new backpack near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey over the weekend.
Parker thought he found a replacement for the blue garbage bag he normally uses to carry his belongings around, but when he picked it up, he found something suspicious inside.
“I said, ‘We need to go to the police station right now because this is a bomb,'” White told WABC. “It wasn’t the cartoon bomb with a tick-tock tick-tock clock but it had wires. I had seen enough pictures of pipe bombs and different devices in books, magazines. I knew what I was looking at as soon as I saw it.”
Police responded to their 911 call and were able to safely remove the bombs. Authorities believe the bombs are connected to explosions in New York City and Seaside, New Jersey.
The men say they were just looking out for their community, just like any other citizen would.
“Hero? No. I wouldn’t go that far. I was doing the right thing,” sad Parker.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Parker and White. So far, the page has raised more than $22,000. If you would like to donate, click here.