At 9:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 17, 2016, a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey according to ABC News. The pipe bomb was inside a garbage can on D Street near South Bayview Avenue. It went off right before 5,000 people were about to run a 5K Marine charity race.
The third annual Semper Fi 5K charity race was canceled after the pipe bomb explosion. Officials stated runners had been scheduled to pass the area at the time the bomb exploded. Fortunately, law enforcement delayed the race after finding an unattended backpack as reported by ABC News.
Police set up an evacuation zone for nearby houses in the area where the pipe bomb explosion took place. No injuries were reported in the blast at Seaside Park.
The non-profit organization, The Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Foundation, raises monies to support the families and active duty as well as medically retired MARSOC personnel. They also help the families of fallen Marines and Sailors that have lost their lives during active duty in service to our Nation.
Police and the New Jersey state bomb squad are also investigating the possibility of another package near the area of the first explosion. At this time law enforcement, along with the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are investigating the suspicious package in the Jersey shore town.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
Channel 6 ABC News: EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DISCHARGES BEFORE MARINES CHARITY 5K AT JERSEY SHORE; NO INJURIES
Channel 4 News New York: Pipe Bomb Explodes at Marine Race on Jersey Shore: Police
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