No injuries after device explodes before Marine charity run in New Jersey

Authorities were evacuating 30 homes after a pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore town Saturday morning where thousands of people were about to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors, according to reports.

No injuries were reported in the blast in Seaside Park around 9:30 a.m., officials said.

The third annual “Semper Five” run was canceled.

The pipe bomb was in a plastic garbage can when it exploded.

Authorities immediately cleared the boardwalk and beach area and bobm-sniffing dogs were being used to search the area.

The Associated Press reported that authorities said there was a report of at least one other explosive device that a state police bomb team would “make safe,” but further details were not disclosed.

Officials say runners were expected to be pass by the area around the time the blast occurred but the start of the race had been delayed after an unattended backpack was found.

“We have various K9s throughout the area, bomb dogs that are making sure the area is safe and secure,” a law enforcement official told WCBS 880.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating the explosion and another suspicious package, NBC NY reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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