BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Roxbury Township man has been charged in connection with an explosive device in Sussex County, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, and Byram Chief Peter J. Zabita.
Christopher Faschan, 31, of Landing, a section in Roxbury Township, was charged with possession of an explosive device with the purpose to use it unlawfully, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of an explosive device.
On Sunday and Monday, law enforcement agencies investigated an explosion and conducted a search of several areas to assure the safety of the public and the officers investigating.
It’s alleged that Faschan drove to the residence of an alleged victim and waited in his vehicle. When the alleged victim approached, he showed her a home-made explosive device that he referred to as a bomb, and stated was the type of device that “you could stick to the bottom of a car.”
After Faschan departed, it’s alleged that he detonated the device near, or in, Lake Lackawanna. The explosion was heard by the alleged victim and multiple residents of the Lake Lackawanna community.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said: “We deployed assets to Byram, Roxbury and Mount Olive in support of their investigation to maintain safety and properly collect evidence.”
“Our resources included the Morris County Bomb Squad, Explosives Detection K9, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit (CSI), for the purpose of assisting in the investigation, search warrant, and ultimately rendering the scene and surrounding area safe.”
Faschan is currently detained in the Keough Dwyer Correctional Facility in Newton. His next court appearance is Friday.
The case is still under active investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-383-1570.