Diegnan Describes South Plainfield Arrest as an 'Isolated Incident'

Diegnan Describes South Plainfield Arrest as an 'Isolated Incident'

Diegnan Describes South Plainfield Arrest as an 'Isolated Incident'

Thomas Kaiser, 55, of South Plainfield, was charged by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office with two counts of possessing a destructive device.

Police in Sea Bright in Monmouth County launched an investigation when a "suspicious package with a destructive device" was found at Donovan's Reef, an ocean-side bar and restaurant in Sea Bright, the statement reads.

Murphy was scheduled to attend a Labor Day parade in Rutherford this afternoon, but the event was called off due to rain.

The parade was scrapped after a man who makes homemade, firework-like devices left a half dozen of the devices on his property near a wooded area along the parade route, authorities said. Officials didn't immediately offer further details. During a search of Kaiser's home, Homeland Security officials found "several" more explosives.

According to NBC, Thomas Kaiser was "said to be living with his parents in the basement" and "was known to have some mental issues".

NJ.com reports that a woman who answered the phone at Kaiser's home and declined an interview said the incident involved "fireworks" and had been "blown out of proportion". The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) told the outlet that additional charges were likely to be filed against the middle-aged South Plainfield resident. He was taken into police custody, the station reported.

"We are all disappointed that our Labor Day festivities have been canceled, but the important thing is that we are safe and we have been assured by authorities that there is no longer any threat to the public at this point", said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh.

Multiple agencies were involved in the investigation, which remains ongoing.

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