Barnegat Trash Can Explosion Not a Terrorist Act
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday, Jan. 19, that a trash can explosion in Barnegat Township last October was organic in nature and not caused by man-made materials.
Al Della Fave, prosecutor’s office spokesman, said authorities received a report from Shoshanna Hayesaha, a post blast expert with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The federal agency had tested residue recovered at the site in the Settler’s Landing development.
“The report could not rule out decomposed organics from the mulch, sticks and other debris within the trash can forming an endothermic reaction resulting in the production of heat as the cause of the explosion,” said Della Fave.
On Oct. 13, just after 1:30 a.m., the Barnegat Police Department received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of Village Drive. Arriving oficers found a cloud of smoke emanating from the remnants of a rubber trash can located curbside between 81 Village Drive and 82 Windward Drive and a debris field within 10 yards of the area of origin. The explosion caused no injuries or damage to surrounding homes and vehicles.
Mayor Albert Bille said he was “relieved” that there was no terrorism or vandalism involved.
“We thought that was probably the case, but we’re glad to know now that we have an official determination that it was not an intentional act of violence,” he said. —E.E.