Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Explosives found near Labor Day parade route

Explosives found near Labor Day parade route

Police in Monmouth County began their investigation when a "suspicious package with a destructive device" was found at an ocean-side bar and restaurant in Sea Bright, Which then led investigators to Kaiser, according to the statement.

South Plainfield's events were canceled due to a "security concern", the New Jersey borough initially tweeted out.

Kaiser, 55, of South Plainfield, was charged with two counts related to "destructive devices" on Monday.

The Murphys were quickly diverted away from the canceled parade route "out of an abundance of caution and due to the potential threat to the community", according to a senior official close to the governor who apparently spoke with NJ.com on the condition of anonymity. The man's brother says that the explosives were "just fireworks", the outlet added.

He also repeated there was no indication that the devices were "planted" but were found in the vicinity of Kaiser's house.

Police are asking if anyone finds a suspicious package to contact law enforcement immediately. "I would like to thank the South Plainfield Police Department, Department of Public Works, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, Sea Bright Police Department, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the FBI, the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad and various K-9 units for their quick response and thorough investigation".

The South Plainfield event would have featured a parade, a 5km run and a firework display at the end of celebrations.

A report by ABC Eyewitness News, cited police as describing the devices as "firework-like devices".

There is no evidence that the man had meant to or did plant any of the destructive devices along the route - but police have swept the area over 'security concerns'.

TAP into South Plainfield reported a large police presence around the planned start of the 62nd annual parade at the PAL building.

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