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Pipe bomb explodes before Marine Corps 5k race

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U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Marine Corps Base Hawaii run in the Great Aloha Run in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Feb. 15, 2016.  The Great Aloha Run is an annual charity event with more than 30,000 participants and 6,000 military service members. Marines participated in the Sounds of Freedom portion of the race, where they ran in memory of the fallen Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge)
U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Marine Corps Base Hawaii run in the Great Aloha Run in Pearl Harbor.

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. — Authorities say a pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore town shortly before thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.

No injuries were reported in the blast in Seaside Park, which occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The race — the third annual Semper Five run — was cancelled.

The pipe bomb was in a garbage can when it exploded. Authorities immediately cleared the boardwalk and beach area.

Officials say runners had been scheduled to pass by the area around the time the blast occurred. But the start of the race had been delayed after an unattended backpack was found.

Numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating.

It wasn’t clear when the boardwalk and beach will reopen.

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