Bomb scare clears borough hall during council meeting

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Borough Council members clearing out during a bomb scare. MICHAEL NUNES / THE OCEAN STAR

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — A bomb scare Tuesday night shut down borough hall, abruptly ending a council meeting taking place at the time.

According to police, a suspicious package was found in the bed of a truck parked at the borough hall at 7:52 p.m. at New Jersey Avenue.

“A perimeter was immediately set up and borough hall evacuated. Several homes around the area were also evacuated and Route 35 North, between Washington and Atlantic avenues, was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. NJ Transit was contacted and train service was halted for the duration of the incident,” according to a press release from the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

The suspicious device was a pressure cooker, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and the driver did not know how it got in his truck.

“The driver had noticed that someone had put what appeared to be a pressure cooker in the bed of the truck,” Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said.

“[The driver] was concerned because the pressure cooker had what appeared to be exposed wires coming out of it so [the Point Pleasant Beach] police de- partment evacuated the surrounding area.”

The NJ State Police Bomb Unit responded, as well as several K-9 teams from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and NJ Transit police, accord- ing to the press release issued by the department late Tuesday night.

At 9:37 p.m. the suspicious package was identified as not being an explosive device and police gave the all clear.

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