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Gov. Phil Murphy visits military bases in Egg Harbor Township in July.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD — A Labor Day Parade and fireworks, which Gov. Phil Murphy was due to attend, were canceled early Monday because of security concerns, according to a township announcement.

Middlesex County prosecutors and police said 55-year-old Thomas Kaiser, of South Plainfield, was charged with possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose.

Authorities said a suspicious package containing a destructive device was left at Donovan’s Reef bar in Sea Bright. That prompted an investigation Sunday that led to Kaiser’s home, and other devices were found near the residence, authorities said.

The Newark office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was “tracking the situation involving suspicious devices in Sea Bright/South Plainfield” in a statement Monday afternoon. South Plainfield police were handling the investigation, the FBI said, “and there is no active threat to public safety. Please continue to enjoy the holiday weekend.”

The township’s statement said, “Labor Day Parade & Fireworks are canceled due to a security concern. Police are conducting an investigation at this time.”

Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy put out a statement saying their 10 a.m. appearance at the 62nd annual South Plainfield event was canceled at about 9:30 a.m. That statement said their 12:30 p.m. appearance at the 44th annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair was in question due to weather concerns. Their appearance there was also canceled about 11 a.m.

The investigation by county prosecutors and Sea Bright and South Plainfield police included representatives of the state homeland security office and bomb squad as well as the FBI and various K-9 units, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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