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Discovery of explosives sparks cancellation of New Jersey Labor Day parade

2019-09-02

Organizers pulled the plug on the South Plainfield Labor Day parade and fireworks show because of a “security concern,” according to a post on the borough’s Facebook page, which said police were investigating the matter. (Evgen_Prozhyrko/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A New Jersey town was forced to cancel its Labor Day parade Monday after multiple small explosive devices were found near the route where Gov. Phil Murphy was set to march, officials said.

Organizers pulled the plug on the South Plainfield Labor Day parade and fireworks show because of a “security concern,” according to a post on the borough’s Facebook page, which said police were investigating the matter. Murphy was not the intended target, according to a report.

An NBC 4 report said explosive devices were found in a man’s home and in a wooded area along his property. Since the site is close to the parade route, officials decided to cancel the event.

The man from the home is in custody, the report said.

The 62nd Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Parade was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday. The event was billed as New Jersey’s oldest and largest Labor Day parade.