As holiday revelers were planning to pack the streets for a Labor Day celebration in New Jersey, authorities were forced to curtail the festivities suddenly, and for a worrisome reason.
For many, Labor Day is a time to celebrate the effort we put forth on a daily basis, and it coincides with the end of the summer season. The holiday season is approaching, after all, and Americans will be tightening the purse strings accordingly. This last hurrah in the heat is often marked with cookouts, cold beers, parades, and poolside shenanigans.
It was one such gathering that New Jersey officials believe was being targeted by a potential terrorist.
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The Borough of South Plainfield canceled the parade mere hours before it was set to kick off over “a security concern,” the borough tweeted. The fireworks show and 5k run were also canceled. Officials didn’t immediately offer further details.
We have only bits and pieces of information at this time.
The multiple explosive devices were found in a wooded area on an unidentified man’s property, a senior law enforcement official told WNBC-TV. There was no sign that any of the dozen devices investigators located had been planted, another law enforcement source told the station.
Authorities have indicated that an older man has been taken into custody in response to the discovery.
No motive has been suggested as of this writing.
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