‘Non-Terrorist’ Attack Targeted Marine Corps Race in New Jersey

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-9-40-41-amInvestigators are suggesting the idea that the bomb was made by someone who “has grievance against the US military and have nothing to do with an overseas-inspired attack like ISIS”. They are suggesting that it could be terrorism “without being international”. The person put a bomb there, that sounds pretty intentional. Are you buying this?

An explosion that went off in a garbage can Saturday morning in a New Jersey beach town likely was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run, authorities said.

Three pipe-bomb-type devices wired together were found near the boardwalk in Seaside Park. No injuries were reported and a four-block area was evacuated for most of the day, authorities said.

An initial examination showed the devices were rudimentary, with some type of timer, and only one of them detonated, two federal law enforcement officials told CNN.

Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor’s office, said he believes the blast was meant to affect the Seaside Semper Five race.

“If it was just a matter of minutes, in terms of difference, there would have been a good number of people running past that explosive device” because of its location along the race route, Della Fave said.

Registration problems at the starting line delayed the start of the race, which meant no one was near the garbage can when the explosion happened, a law enforcement official said.

“We were lucky,” the official said.

Just after the explosion, Della Fave said, the area was placed on lockdown, and police deployed bomb detection dogs. He said no additional devices were found after the dogs completed their sweep.

Race officials and local authorities canceled the event, race organizers said.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force will lead an investigation, with help from other federal, state and local officials, to find out who is responsible, an FBI official said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.

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