SEASIDE PARK, N.J. – A device exploded in a garbage can on Ocean Avenue in Seaside Park, N.J. this morning, as a race to benefit a Marine Corps member, was about to kick off, authorities said.
No one was injured when the trash can exploded at Ocean Avenue and D Street about 9:30 a.m., said Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy.
When asked if terrorism was suspected, Mastronardy said police and sheriff’s officers are just in the initial stages of an investigation.
Ocean Avenue and D Street is being evacuated. Police K-9s are checking other garbage cans for potential explosives, the sheriff said. Police are doing a full sweep of the area.
The explosion occurred as a 5K race to benefit Marines was about to start. The Seaside Semper Five 5K run along the boardwalk was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. at the Sawmill restaurant on Ocean Avenue. The race has been cancelled.
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