At approximately 8:12pm this evening we received a call from an employee at the Atlantic Coast Recycling Center located at 611 New Hampshire Avenue. The caller stated that they may have located a pipe bomb at the facility and that they were currently evacuating the building. As per protocol, Ocean County Sheriff Department K9 Units, trained in the detection of explosives, were requested to respond to the scene. In addition, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office was notified as well as the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad.
After establishing a large scale perimeter, including the closure of New Hamsphire Avenue with the assistance of Lakewood Chaverim, the NJSP Bomb Squad was able to determine that the device was made in the late 1960’s and is believed to have been used for flares or fusees. It is unknown how the device arrived at the facility but was most likely brought in sometime last week by a refuse company dropping off recyclables to be sorted.
New Hamsphire Avenue is now reopened after the approximately 90 minute ordeal. We would like to thank the New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and Lakewood Chaverim for their swift and diligent assistance this evening.