A pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, Saturday morning as about 5,000 people were set to run a 5k Marine charity race. As NBC reports, police are investigating another suspicious package in the shore town, authorities said. No injurries are reported but the race has been cancelled.
The pipe bomb went off in a garbage can on D Street at about 9:30 a.m., police said.
The third annual Marine Semper Fi 5k race to benefit the MARSOC Foundation was expected to start at about 9 a.m., but was delayed because of late sign-ins, authorities said.
The race was canceled after the explosion.
The MARSOC Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to support “active duty and medically retired MARSOC personnel and their families as well as to the families of Marines and Sailors who have lost their lives in service to our Nation.“
A number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating the explosion and another suspicious package.
According to the police chief, possibly a second or third IED was found in the same area. They are starting to clear a couple more blocks.
“(The pipe bomb) Could have really hurt or killed people,” said the police chief as pieces were blown as far as 150 feet away from the explosion.