Trash can explodes in Barnegat

{child_byline}ERIN SERPICO

Staff Writer

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BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP — Federal, state and local officials are investigating a trash can explosion that took place in Ocean County early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Police arrived just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday to see a cloud of smoke coming from the rubber can sitting between 81 Village Drive and 82 Windward Drive, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave said.

The blast did not cause any injuries or damage to surrounding homes, the statement said.

The explosion left debris scattered about 10 yards from the site.

Della Fave told the Associated Press that investigators think the blast was likely a nuisance and not meant to cause harm, given the time and location.

Della Fave added the explosive material is unknown, and the incident is under investigation by Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brant Uricks, Barnegat police Detective MaryAnn Cirulli, the State Police Bomb Unit, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office’s CSI.

The explosion came the same day the man accused of planting a bomb in a trash can in Seaside Park and another in New York City on Sept. 17 was being arraigned.(tncms-asset)828b37ce-aa2e-5ca4-a791-fa107553b4cd”}}

Ahmad Khan Rahimi pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he tried to kill police officers before they captured him. An attorney for entered the pleas as Rahimi appeared via video from his hospital bed in Newark. It was Rahimi’s first public appearance since last month’s bombings and police chase. He remains jailed on $5.2 million bail.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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