Saturday morning, a pipe bomb detonated in the Jersey Shore town of Sea Side Park shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors. There were no injuries reported when the bomb was exploded around 9:45 a.m. The explosion occurred in a trash can just as the race was supposed to take place. The third annual Semper Five race was cancelled as the area on the boardwalk and beach was evacuated.
Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave stated that, “We did find that within that same garbage can there were other devices wired to the one that did explode.” Della Fave also reported that the New Jersey State Police bomb squad was “very carefully” making the area safe. The mayor of the Seaside Park, Tony Vaz stated that the authorities told him two additional unexploded devices were found in the same can.
When the explosion occurred it would have been at the time runners would have making their pass in that very area. The race had been delayed due to the presence of an abandoned back pack that was found prior to the race starting. For the runners, it was serendipitous that they weren’t running at that point. Numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the explosion but it is not clear when the boardwalk and beach will reopen. The public is being asked not to come to the area until the all clear is given by the proper authorities.