The boardwalk and beach in Seaside Park, New Jersey have been evacuated after an explosive device detonated.
Around 5,000 people were set to run the 5K military themed “Semper Five Run” charity race on Saturday morning when the explosion, described as a pipe bomb, went off, CBS News reported.
The device exploded in a garbage can around 9:30 a.m.
Officials are currently investigating a second suspicious package in the town, according to CBS.
Carla who lives in Seaside Park heard it. On this she says 9:15, but afterwards felt around 9:30. pic.twitter.com/Sqqco3h4je
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According to city officials, there were possibly three pipe bombs in the same trash can, but only one exploded.
The pipe bomb was in a garbage can when it exploded. Authorities immediately evacuated the boardwalk and beach area and it’s not clear when it will reopen.
Officials say the race participants had been scheduled to 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 in the area.
Numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.
The race was cancelled after the device exploded.
No injuries have been reported.
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BREAKING: Official: Explosion near 5K race route in Seaside Park not a prank https://t.co/qq8epJWS3b
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