Suspicious package draws state police bomb squad to Toms River
A mysterious package in a Toms River car dealership that forced local police to summon a New Jersey State Police explosive ordinance unit is deemed not harmful, after a probe that lasted much of the post-rush-hour morning. Questions remain - who left it there, and why?
Police, fire and emergency medical responders rushed to the report of a pipe bomb at Honda of Toms River on Route 37, called in by workers who found the device in the parking lot.
Homes and businesses were evacuated in the vicinity of Dale and Hill Streets. State troopers used a video camera-equipped robot to examine the 12-by-five-inch metal cylinder, then took a look inside with a portable x-ray device.
Police described it s being wrapped in black tape, with several wires and electrical connectors visible on each end. Troopers determined that it contained no explosives, but was designed to give the appearance, dismantled it, and cleared the area by 11:30 AM, police said.
Now, the search begins for the individuals who placed it in the parking lot.
Investigators remained at the dealership, examining video and speaking to potential witnesses.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Sheriff's Department, Fire Companies 1 and 2 and Toms River EMS also responded to the situation.