SEASIDE PARK, N.J. — Authorities say an explosive device detonated in a Jersey Shore town shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.
No injuries were reported in the blast in Seaside Park around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
Sources told CBS New York station WCBS-TV that the device may be an M-80 firecracker or something similar.
The third annual Semper Five run was canceled, and the immediate area was put on lockdown.
Authorities immediately cleared the boardwalk and beach area, and bomb-sniffing dogs were being used to search the area.
The device was in a plastic garbage can when it exploded.
“We did find that within that same garbage can there were other divices wired to the one that did explode,” Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave told CBSN.
Seaside Park Mayor Tony Vaz said authorities told him two additional unexploded devices were found in the same can, WCBS-TV reports.
Della Fave said the New Jersey State Police bomb squad was “very carefully” making the area safe.
Officials say runners 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, and the area was mostly empty when the blast occurred.
Numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating.
It wasn’t clear when the boardwalk and beach will reopen. The public was being urged to avoid the area.