A pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, NJ just prior to the start of the Semper Five 5K Charity Run. The pipe bomb detonated inside a trashcan near the race route. Police reportedly found another pipe bomb that did not explode. No one was injured in the incident.
Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor’s office, said he believes the blast was meant to affect the Seaside Semper Five race.
“Where, if it was just a matter of minutes, in terms of difference, there would have been a good number of people running past that explosive device,” Della Fave said, considering its location along the run route.
Just after the explosion, Della Fave said, the area was placed on lockdown, and police deployed bomb detection dogs. He said no additional devices were found after the dogs completed their sweep.
“Until the bomb squad gives us the all-clear in terms of that garbage pail, we’re going to keep that area closed off,” he said.
Law enforcement sources said at least one of the devices did not explode.
More information to follow.
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