SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – One man is in custody after police reportedly discovered a number of explosive devices near the route of a Labor Day parade in New Jersey, NJ Advanced Media reported.
According to the report, the parade was set to kick off at 10 a.m. on Monday to celebrate Labor Day. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy were planning to attend the parade, which has since been canceled due to the threat of a potential attack.
Police made the discovery on Monday morning as part of a separate operation, seizing approximately six homemade pipe-bomb style explosive devices from a “rogue individual” in his 50’s who reportedly ‘liked explosives’.
According to a senior law enforcement official with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, one suspect had been detained after authorities found “over half a dozen” devices on his sizable property, which was close by to the route of the annual parade.
While the seizure of the incendiary devices was unrelated to the parade itself, officials decided to take necessary caution by canceling the parade, due to how close in proximity the explosives were found to the route of the parade, which typically boasts thousands in yearly attendance.
— NJ.com (@njdotcom) September 2, 2019
NJ.com reported that ‘the parade and other festivities were abruptly canceled by borough officials Monday morning.’
A 5K run and a fireworks display were among the other activities that were canceled for the holiday.
A post from the Borough of South Plainfield first announced that the activities had been canceled due to a ‘security concern’ just after 7 a.m.
S PLAINFIELD BORO: Labor Day Parade & Fireworks are canceled due to a security concern. Police are conducting an investigation at this time. nixle.us/BA2QE
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Some citizens were upset by the cancelation and complained via social media. Other local residents expressed their gratitude to the local police for their commitment to keeping their community safe.
“Thank you to the police department and all involved to foil this and ensure our community is safe,” read one comment on Facebook. “For those complaining…really??? What if they didn’t cancel and something happened. Be safe all and be thankful for all those out there on Labor Day ensuring our safety.”
No further details have been released by authorities involved in the investigation and the suspect has not been identified. It is not known at this time what charges he will face.