Man in Custody After Explosives Found Near Labor Day Parade Route

Man in Custody After Explosives Found Near Labor Day Parade Route

NJ.com cited an unnamed official from the state's homeland security office describing the devices as "pipe bomb-like" explosives.

Anesh said that the number of devices found has not been released, but indicated several devices were recovered near Kaiser's home.

According to reports, Kaiser's brother said the incident occurred after Thomas Kaiser bought fireworks at a Jersey shore concert and left them in a cooler outside his house, where police found them.


Senator Pat Digenan (D-18) said law enforcement authorities "erred on the side of caution" today when they charged Thomas G. Kaiser with one count of possession of a destructive device for an unlawful goal in the second degree and one count of possession of a destructive device in the third degree.

Thomas Kaiser, 55, of South Plainfield, was charged by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office with two counts of possessing a destructive device. There was no allegation that Kaiser was targeting the parade or governor, however. There, according to NBC, authorities discovered "more fireworks and homemade devices". It is sponsored by the South Plainfield Public Celebrations Committee.

Kaiser was taken to the Sea Bright Police Department where he was criminally charged.


Police are asking if anyone finds a suspicious package to contact law enforcement immediately.

Multiple agencies were involved in the investigation, which remains ongoing.

A suspect was reportedly detained on Monday after police found "over half a dozen" devices on his property that was near the town of South Plainfield's parade route, leading officials to abruptly cancel the festivities.


Authorities were continuing their investigation.

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