Pipe bomb explodes at Marines charity race on N.J. boardwalk
(Ocean County Police, Fire & EMS)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:01 PM
A pipe bomb exploded on a busy New Jersey boardwalk Saturday morning moments before the start of a charity race benefiting the Marines.
Runners were lining up for the third annual Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K run in Seaside Park, N.J. around 9:30 a.m. when the explosion went off in a garbage can, according to reports.
“Right now we are making sure there are no injuries,” Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy told New Jersey 101.5. “EMS and fire was here as a precaution.
“Right now everything is under control. We’re just clearing the area and making sure it’s safe,” he added.
Fragments of the can were scattered more than 150 away from the blast.
A possible second device was being investigated and the area has been placed on lockdown, authorities said.
The FBI, ATF, and Homeland Security were reportedly responding to the area, according to NBC Philadelphia.
Runners were scheduled to be in the area of the device at the time of the blast, but the race had been delayed due to a suspicious backpack near the garbage can, authorities said.
The run, which benefits marines and sailors, was cancelled.
“It could have really hurt or killed people,” said Seaside Park Police Chief Francis Larkin.