On Saturday morning, around 1,600 runners prepared for the Semper Five Run along the Jersey Shore — a 5K race to benefit Marines.
— Ivy Charmatz (@ivycharmatz) September 17, 2016
However, the race was delayed after an unattended backpack was found. And it’s a good thing that it was.
During the delay, there was an explosion on part of the path the runners were supposed to take. The source of the explosion was a “sophisticated” pipe bomb.
News 12 New Jersey reported that:
The beach and boardwalk in Seaside Park have been evacuated due to a pipe bomb explosion in a trash can, which came moments before a major charity race was set to begin.
Official sources tell News 12 New Jersey that two unexploded pipe bombs have also been found.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office shared a picture of the trash can the bomb exploded in:
Explosion Investigation. AVOID AREA OF D STREET/OCEAN AVE IN #SEASIDEPARK An explosive device discharged within a…
“Explosion with Secondary Explosive Device Investigation. AVOID AREA OF D STREET/OCEAN AVE IN #SEASIDE PARK
An explosive device discharged within a garbage pail (Pictured below) at approximately 9:35 am. There are no reported injuries or damage to surrounding structures. The Ocean County Prosecutors Office Arson Unit is on scene and will be assisted by FBI, ATF and NJ State Police Bomb Squad.
At this time the area is on lock down while bomb dogs search for additional devices. There is a report of at least one other device which the NJSP will make safe. Please avoid the area.
The device was placed along the planned route for a Semper Five run scheduled for this morning. The start of the run was delayed, which thankfully avoided a large number of runners in the area – Al Della Fave.”
Here’s a more zoomed-in view of the trash can:
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) September 17, 2016
As for the backpack, it belonged to a high school runner and had nothing to do with the pipe bomb explosion.
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) September 17, 2016
The FBI. NYPD, and Homeland Security are now on the scene. At this time, a motive isn’t known, and there are no suspects in custody.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.