Pipe bomb explodes at Jersey Shore near charity racecourse
Sep 18 2016 by Larry Hoffman
No injuries were reported.
Approximately 1,600 runners were scheduled to run during 5K Semper Five race and almost 3,000 people were in the area during the explosion.
Brad Cohen, the acting special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Newark, declined to discuss the matter at length during a brief news conference staged Saturday evening.
The start of the road run was delayed, which avoided a large number of runners in the area, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said on Facebook.
Race officials and local authorities canceled the event, race organizers said.
Seaside Park residents who were displaced during the investigation were allowed back in their homes as of 6 p.m. Residents of ahe area of C Street, D Street and E Street on the ocean blocks will need to present identification to officers to access their streets.
The beach, officials said, would remain off-limits to the public until further notice.
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Authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation were in the town and were investigating the possibility there was at least one other unexploded device, the office said.
Initial reports of a second bomb planted in another trash proved untrue, according to a statement issued by New Jersey state police several hours later.
Chad Ruedin, who happened to be walking along the boardwalk when the blast occurred, told News12 New Jersey that when he heard the explosion, he initially thought it was the start of the charity race. With an estimated 3,000 people participating in this year's race, many say it's a miracle no one was hurt. Suzanne Miller says she passed by the very same garbage can less than fifteen minutes before the explosion. Attorney General Christopher Porrino and Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the state police, briefed Gov. Chris Christie on the investigation. We are grateful that nobody was injured, but this is a serious act of violence against the people of New Jersey.
The incident took place on a day of brilliant sunshine along the Jersey Shore, with plenty of onlookers on hand to enjoy the race in Seaside Park which is about 80 miles south of New York City.
He described the community as military centered, with lots of veterans and active duty military personnel. "We will not rest until we find the person or persons responsible".
It wasn't clear when the boardwalk and beach will reopen.
Federal authorities do not know who is behind the residential street bombing that appeared to target a military charity race.