Law enforcement agencies responded to four phone calls threatening bombs and armed individuals along the Seaside Heights boardwalk on Monday morning. The calls were received around 8:50 a.m. on the 22nd observance of the 9/11 terror attacks. As a precautionary measure, the boardwalk was temporarily evacuated, and a thorough search was conducted by multiple law enforcement units, including the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad, and Homeland Security Squad, as well as the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, and Seaside Heights Police Department.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer stated that the threats were determined to be swatting incidents and not legitimate. The boardwalk was reopened around 10:30 a.m. Billhimer emphasized that the incident is being investigated in collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Seaside Heights has previously experienced a bomb explosion during this time of year. In September 2016, a bomb detonated along the route of a charity race, causing property damage but no injuries. An individual was later arrested and convicted on federal terrorism charges in connection with the bombings in New Jersey and New York.