Police arrested a man after several pipe bomb-like devices were found near the route of a Labor Day parade that Governor Phil Murphy Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy were scheduled to attend Monday.
Thomas Kaiser, 55, of South Plainfield, was charged by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office with two counts of possessing a destructive device.
The parade was cancelled due to security concerns.
The investigation began Sunday when a suspicious package was discovered at a bar in Sea Bright, Monmouth County, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Police took Kaiser to Sea Bright Police Department, but family members say the items authorities are calling ‘explosive devices’ are nothing more than fireworks.
Kaiser is charged with second-degree possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose and one count of third-degree possession of a destructive device, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to sources, mutiple small explosive devices have been found in Kaiser’s home and in wooded areas along his property near the parade route.
“This whole thing has been blown out of proportion,” said a woman who answered the phone at Kaiser’s home, according to a report on NJ.com. “It was fireworks. It was not a pipe bomb.”
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