Discovered explosive devices lead to cancellation of South Plainfield’s Labor Day parade

SOUTH PLANFIELD, N.J. – The 24,000 resident-strong Middlesex County borough of South Plainfield was forced to cancel its annual Labor Day parade on Monday following the discovery of multiple explosive devices.

“I do not have an exact figure, but a number of devices were located near the home of the individual charged by the police and this area is also in the vicinity of the Labor Day Parade,” said Mayor Matt Anesh in a statement shared on Facebook.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his wife were supposed to participate in the parade, but there was no immediate indication of any specific threat against the first couple or the parade itself.

The charged individual – Thomas G. Kaiser, age 55 – was reportedly charged with a second and third degree crime, both pertaining to the possession of an explosive device.