Pipe bomb explodes near New Jersey charity run for military members

A pipe bomb placed in a trash can exploded in New Jersey on Saturday near thousands of runners who had gathered for the start of a 5K race to raise money for military members.

The bomb went off at approximately 9:35 a.m. along the Jersey Shore in Seaside Park, according to a statement released by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The third annual Semper Five run was subsequently cancelled.

“The start of the run was delayed, which thankfully avoided a large number of runners in the area,” the statement read.

The device was put in a plastic garbage can before it exploded. Authorities put the area on lockdown as police conducted a search. No injuries were reported.

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