Police: New York man planned to detonate bomb on National Mall on Election Day

People stop at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, to take pictures, Monday, June 15, 2015. The Washington Monument is in the background. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a New York man with building a 200-pound bomb that he planned to detonate on Election Day on the National Mall in Washington.

Paul Rosenfeld, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive.

Prosecutors say he planned to use the bomb to kill himself and draw attention to a political system called sortation, in which public officials are chosen randomly rather than elected.

It was not immediately clear whether Rosenfeld had an attorney.

Authorities say in a court complaint that the FBI found a functional bomb in Rosenfeld's basement during a raid Tuesday.

The FBI says in court filings that Rosenfeld confessed to ordering large quantities of black powder over the internet.

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