TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN, NJ – Many Ocean Township local residents awakened to warnings of police activity in the area of Main Street and Bryant Road in Waretown. According to Chief Michael Rogalski, there is no further cause for concern.

“We received a call from a resident that he was walking and came across what he thought was a toy grenade,” said Rogalski. “He then decided to place the object in the donation box by the United Methodist Church.”

Authorities did not identify the individual who apparently had second thoughts concerning his actions and subsequently called the local police department.

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“We consider the safety of our visitors and residents our number one priority,” emphasized Rogalski. “We immediately went into action and had the New Jersey State Bomb Squad Unit on the scene with us.”

Rogalski expressed concerns regarding the possible implications of an explosive going off in close proximity to a church soon to start Sunday services.

“We’re seeing so many bad things across the country,” he said. “We were glad to deliver the news that the “grenade” was indeed a toy.”

The Ocean Township Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department also participated in the investigation of this incident.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at