(NEW YORK) — An explosive device detonated in the New Jersey beach town of Seaside Park Saturday morning as thousands of people were getting ready to run a 5k charity race, officials said.
Police are investigating reports of the presence of at least one other device in the popular beach community, according to a spokesperson from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
The device exploded in a garbage can at approximately 9:35 a.m. ET along the route of a scheduled Semper Five race, which honors U.S. marines and sailors, the prosecutor’s office said. But the race was cancelled after an unattended backpack was found, so there were not many people in the area when the explosion occurred.
“Out of extreme precaution, this year’s Seaside Semper Five has been canceled due to an unidentified suspicious backpack found at the race site,” organizers posted on the event’s website.
According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, there are no reported injuries or damages to surrounding structures. The area is on lockdown as bomb dogs search the area for additional devices. Various state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the explosion.
Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, told ABC News that the incident was not “a prank” because the device was too sophisticated. Investigators are trying to determine a motive.
“We don’t know what this individual’s agenda is,” Della Fave said.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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