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NJ officials call off Labor Day parade after explosives were discovered near parade route


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Image source: WCBS-TV video screenshot

New Jersey officials called off a Labor Day parade on Monday after explosives were reportedly discovered near the parade route.

Officials took one man into custody after "several pipe bomb-like devices were found," according to NJ.com. The man's brother says that the explosives were "just fireworks," the outlet added.

What are the details?

South Plainfield, New Jersey, officials cancelled the parade after discovering the explosives in proximity to the parade route.

"Over half a dozen" devices were found on the the man's property. The suspect, which the Courier News reports as a resident named Thomas Kaiser, is described as a "'rogue individual in his 50s who liked explosives.'"

Authorities arrested and charged Kaiser with possessing explosive devices on Monday. He was charged with second-degree possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose, as well as one count of third-degree possession of a destructive device, according to the outlet. Further charges are reportedly forthcoming.

South Plainfield borough officials also cancelled other related Labor Day festivities after the incident "out of an abundance of caution."

What else?

The outlet reported that "no direct threat was made to the parade or governor," and noted that the explosive devices were recovered as a result of a "separate investigation," which you can read about here.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and his wife were expected to attend the event.

The investigation is ongoing.

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