Explosion in Seaside Park, NJ rattles community, yet another set back.

An explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey, rattled members of the beach town. Semper Five charity run held off. (Featured image credit: Amy Costello/Shorebeat Photo)

In the early hours of Saturday, September 17th, the family-friendly town of Seaside Park was preparing for the Semper Five 5k, a charity run held for the Marine Corps to benefit the MARSOC Foundation.

At around 9:30 A.M., a device went off in a garbage pale at D Street and Ocean Avenue. Runners were preparing for the charity run that ran down Ocean Avenue, when they were notified that the race would be cancelled due to the blast. Seaside Park authorities, as well as the FBI came to the conclusion to put the town on lockdown.

“A four-block area surrounding D Street was evacuated as law-enforcement swept the area for more explosive devices, but none aside from those in the one garbage can were found” – APP.com, via interview with Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Thankfully, the race was delayed due to the abundance of participants, as well as a suspicious backpack being found, which turned out to be a high school runner’s, and a non-threat. If the race was to start on-time, there was a good chance that people would’ve been injured.

Seaside Park wasn’t the only place to be startled with this action, as Chelsea, New York, had a bomb go off last night, injuring 29. There would later be another bomb found less than 10 blocks away that luckily didn’t go off.

“It’s really a shock. You hear about these things happening around the world, but then it hits home, and you wonder just what else can happen. We’ve been through so much [in seaside].”  – Salvatore Dimeo, Rowan University student. Toms River resident.

This story came as a shock to me, and hit me very hard personally. Seaside is my home. I’m from Toms River, NJ, and Seaside is our place.

We’ve been through so much these past five years. Hurricane Sandy ripped through my hometown and Seaside, and seeing the destruction first-hand, and living through the storm, was heartbreaking. Less than a year later, a fire broke out on the pier, destroying family businesses and much of the boardwalk that was being rebuilt from the superstorm.

When you mix the past events that can’t be prevented, with the events that man kind can prevent, you get a feeling of uncertainty. This could have been prevented. Maybe not by the law enforcement, or those at the event, but for the person who committed the crime. Why do this? Why do people continue to believe that violence is the answer?

This is just another set back for us.

At the end of the day, we, as a community, and as a people, must stand up and work through this. These acts of violence do not justify what is morally right in the world. We have to join each other as one group of people in an effort to beat these acts. For the people in Chelsea, the people back home, and all of those around the world that are affected by these horrible acts, it is up to us to make the change we want to see in the world. We are one race. One family. When will we learn this?

“You know how I like to think of myself? As a human being. Because, under the sky, under the heavens, there is but one family. It just so happens people are different.” -Bruce Lee



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