Ocean County Library Bomb Scare After Briefcase Left Behind
TOMS RIVER – There were tense moments in downtown Township on Monday night after a briefcase triggered a bomb threat in the main branch of the Ocean County Library. Authorities said no explosives were found.
Toms River Township Police spokeswoman Jillian Messina said the abandoned briefcase was reported to their department shortly after 6:30 p.m. on May 24, prompting an evacuation of the library and surrounding area and the closure of two streets during the evening rush.
In addition to the township police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office responded and the New Jersey State Police bomb unit was called in as a precaution.
According to Messina, state police confirmed that the briefcase did not contain explosives.
Washington Street and Water Street were closed to traffic from Main Street to Hooper Avenue for approximately one hour and 45 minutes.
An investigation is underway.