New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife had been scheduled to march in the 62nd annual parade but after this security incident the event was canceled as an abundance of caution. The fireworks show and 5k run were also canceled. Thomas G. Kaiser, 55, was taken into custody and charged with possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose in the second degree and possession of a destructive device in the third degree. “During the investigation, it was learned that there were other destructive devices near his [Kaiser’s] home, which is located in the vicinity of the start of the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade, prosecutors said.
“There were no bombs, nothing set in the streets, nowhere. They came, they searched his house with bomb explosive dogs. They found nothing in the house, found nothing anywhere in the vicinity,” Kaiser’s brother declared. He sustained the explosive packages were fireworks. Police said no direct threat was made against Gov. Murphy or the parade.