A bomb threat in Ocean County today turned out to be a swatting incident, prosecutors say.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that at approximately 8:50 a.m., this morning the Seaside Heights Police Department received four phone calls indicating that two bombs were hidden at businesses on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Additionally, the callers indicated that they had operatives armed with guns on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.
The Seaside Heights boardwalk was temporarily evacuated as law enforcement assessed the credibility of the threats, and utilized K-9’s to perform bomb searches.
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Squad, Seaside Heights Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, determined that the threats were not legitimate.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the boardwalk was reopened.
“Based on what we know now, these threats are swatting incidents,” Prosecutor Billhimer said. “We will continue to investigate this incident with our local, State and Federal law enforcement partners.”