Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

'Destructive devices' in S. Plainfield, Sea Bright - Man in custody

'Destructive devices' in S. Plainfield, Sea Bright - Man in custody

Friedman of the Sea Bright Police Department, and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced that a South Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged today with the possession of a destructive device for an unlawful objective.

The Borough of South Plainfield canceled the parade mere hours before it was set to kick off over "a security concern", the borough tweeted.

Gov. Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy were supposed to attend the parade, which was set to start at 10 a.m., according to spokesman Dan Bryan.

"Police are conducting an investigation at this time", the department said in a release.

Other activities, including fireworks and a 5K race, were also cancelled, authorities said.

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Authorities later said that a suspicious package with a "destructive device" was left at a bar along the Jersey Shore.

Anesh said the devices were of a homemade nature and were not remote controlled, but declined further comment when asked about the suspect's brother telling some reporters that the devices were "just fireworks". "They found nothing in the house, found nothing anywhere in the vicinity". NJ.com cited an unnamed official from the state's homeland security office describing the devices as "pipe bomb-like" explosives.

South Plainfield is in Middlesex County, about 40 miles southeast of New York City.

No direct threat was made to the parade or the governor.

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