SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - Police and federal authorities blocked boardwalk and beach access Saturday after a pipe bomb blew up in a plastic garbage can - just minutes before thousands of runners were to pass by in the Seaside Semper Five charity 5k race to benefit U.S. Marines and sailors. - From Philly.com
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives agents joined New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office, and Seaside Park Police, blocking access to Seaside Park while an intense search was conducted.
The race, after the initial delay, was canceled and residents were told to take cover.
The Sawmill's Facebook page posted a notice that it would be closed Saturday night "at the request of Homeland Security." Police said they shut down Route 35 southbound at Route 37, and diverted drivers to Seaside Heights while they investigated and searched the area.
Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, said the evacuated area included a three-block section from Ocean Avenue from the ocean to the bay.