Pipe Bomb Explodes Along Route of Military Charity 5K in New Jersey

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A pipe bomb hidden in a trash can exploded along the route of a Marine Corps 5K charity race being held in Seaside Park, New Jersey . While participants were scheduled to be passing along the route when the bomb exploded, the race had been delayed after an unattended backpack was found. Fortunately, no one was injured. It should be noted that this is also Constitution Day.

Officials say there were at least three pipe bombs in the trash can but only one exploded. Both the boardwalk and the beach were evacuated and shut down. The race has also been canceled.

After a second device was found, police asked residents to get inside their homes and stay there.

The scene is still active. Reporters have even been asked to take shelter in nearby homes.

Police helicopters are flying over the beach area as they search for other devices.

Had this race not been delayed, America could have witnessed another event similar to the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

UPDATE – 1:51 pm Eastern

Police are reaching out to residents who may have cameras around their property to see if they can identify the person or persons who planted the bombs.

There were over 1,600 runners, most with military ties, that were supposed to participate in the event today.

The military have been identified as the target of the bombs.

Here’s a closer shot of the trash can after the pipe bomb detonated. It was taken by someone before the police arrived.

Police report that other devices were wired to the pipe bomb but did not detonate.

This story is developing.

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Jennifer Burke
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Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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