Update: Authorities discovered a 3rd pipe bomb along the route.
Seaside Park, NJ -A pipe bomb exploded in a garbage can along the route of a 5k Charity run/walk for the Seaside Semper Five Marine Organization on Saturday morning. Police are also investigating another suspicious package found in the town.
— Kathy Madsen (@kathy_madsen) September 17, 2016
Miracles in delays
At around 9:30 a.m. this morning, someone planted a pipe bomb inside a garbage can along the route of a charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey.
The run was to benefit the MARSOC Foundation. It was supposed to start at 9 a.m. but was delayed due to the sign up of late entrants. About 5,000 people were expected to participate, so the delay kept runners from being in the area near the explosion.
This was to be the 3rd Annual event for the organization. The explosion of the can caused the run to be cancelled. Fortunately no one was injured in the blast and no structures were damaged.
One more device – were Marines targeted?
NBC New York reported,
“…The device that exploded was connected to at least one other explosive device that did not detonate in the blast, a law enforcement official said. New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad are dismantling the remaining device and a four-block area around where the explosion went off is shut down until it is rendered safe, police said.
The MARSOC Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to support “active duty and medically retired MARSOC personnel and their families as well as to the families of Marines and Sailors who have lost their lives in service to our Nation,” according to the groups website…”
Federal, State, and Local agencies are investigating the incident. Bomb-sniffing dogs combed the area in search of additional devices. The area was on lockdown, and police advised everyone to stay away from the area.
Was this a “dry run” against Marines?
Featured photo by Kathy Madsen on Twitter