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Report: Bombs in Seaside Park, NYC May Be Linked; ‘Promising Leads’ In Incident

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Damage to a garbage can after a bomb exploded in Seaside Park, Sept. 17, 2016. (Photo: Bob Vosseller)
Damage to a garbage can after a bomb exploded in Seaside Park, Sept. 17, 2016. (Photo: Bob Vosseller)

A national news organization is citing sources within law enforcement who suspect a link between Saturday’s bombing of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park and a bombing in New York City later that night which resulted in 29 injuries.

Fox News Channel published a report late Sunday that said police “believe the two devices that were detonated in New Jersey and New York were made by the same person.”

The description of the bombs, in both Seaside Park and New York, “bore striking similarities to the pressure cooker devices used by the terrorists who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon,” Fox News reported.

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No one was injured in the Seaside Park attack, primarily because the Marine Corps Semper Five run was delayed due to a combination of high attendance at the registration table and an unrelated delay having to do with an unattended backpack found near the race route, which turned out to belong to a race volunteer.

A heavily-armed Seaside Park police officer patrols the area near D Street, where a bomb exploded Saturday morning. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A heavily-armed Seaside Park police officer patrols the area near D Street, where a bomb exploded Saturday morning. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Earlier Sunday, Gov. Chris Christie said during an interview with CNN that he could not confirm the Seaside Park and New York incidents were linked, but that there were “promising leads” in the case.

“We have some promising leads but no suspects at this time so we are continuing to work with the authorities to make sure that we bring whoever is responsible for this to justice as quickly as possible,” Christie said.

On a potential link to the New York attack: “You don’t want to jump to conclusions and you don’t want to put information out there that you don’t know is absolutely true,” the governor said.

The FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the incident.

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