A pipe bomb exploded moments before a 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, Saturday morning.  There were approximately 5,000 runners set to participate in the third annual Marine Semper Fi 5k race to benefit the MARSOC Foundation.

The race was expected to start at about 9 a.m., but was delayed because of late sign-ins, authorities said. The explosive device went off in a garbage can at about 9:30 a.m. along the race route, police said.   Luckily, there were no injuries.  The race was canceled after the explosion.

The device was composed of three pipe bombs, only one of which went off, leaving plenty of physical evidence for investigators to examine, federal officials said.

Today, at 5:30 p.m., FBI lead investigator, Brad Cohen, and Chief Larkin from the Seaside Park Police Department, held a press conference in N.J. to provide an update.  The FBI confirmed they are leading the investigation but would not provide further details. Chief Larkin said residents of Seaside Park who were evacuated from their homes can return home at 6pm this evening.

Seaside Park is a small town of only 0.77 square miles with a year-round population of just over 2,200 residents. With almost two miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean, the borough’s main industry is summer tourism.

NJ has the second largest Muslim population in the US based on percentage.


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