SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The borough’s 62nd annual Labor Day Parade and related festivities including a 5K run and fireworks were canceled Monday and a 55-year-old borough resident charged with second- and third-degree possession of a destructive device for unlawful purposes.
New Jersey's Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy were scheduled to attend the parade.
Middlesex County prosecutors and police say Thomas Kaiser was charged after a suspicious package with a destructive device was left at a bar in Sea Bright Saturday night, which led them to Kaiser's home on West Crescent Parkway near the parade route.
Other devices were found there, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s’ Office.
South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh held a press conference at 2 p.m. after the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office released a press release at noon. The parade was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Anesh emphasized that there no longer was any danger to residents.
The press release did not offer a description of the devices.
According to the release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, a suspicious package with a destructive device was discovered at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright following a concert Saturday night.
That led police to Kaiser and a subsequent search of the residence. Police say other destructive devices were found near Kaiser's home, not far from the parade staging area on Maple Avenue.
More than 100 veterans were to have been honored during the parade, according to Anesh, who said the borough would reschedule an event to make up for the cancelled parade and related activities.
The investigation was conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sea Bright Plainfield Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office the South Plainfield Police Department, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the FBI, the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad and various K-9 units.
The investigation is ongoing and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Chernavsky of the Sea Bright Police Department at 732-842-0010, Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-803-5406, or South Plainfield police at 908-755-0700.