Toms River: Bomb Squad says “suspicious package” no threat



UPDATE from the Toms River Police Department: On October 31, 2018 at approximately 11:00 a.m., multiple police units were dispatched to the bus shelter located at the corner of Hooper Ave and Fischer Blvd for a suspicious package. The area was shut down as a precautionary measure until the package could be examined. New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad responded and determined there was no threat. The area was deemed safe and the roads have been reopened.”

The Toms River Police Department is investigating what it deems a “suspicious incident” early Wednesday afternoon.

A department statement says officers are taking “precautionary measures” in investigating within the area of Fischer Boulevard and Hooper Avenue.

As of noon, police say traffic patterns are altered in the area. UPDATE: Traffic is flowing through the area as of 1:30 p.m. 

Authorities have not provided specifics. We’ll update when more information is available.

Yesterday, Chief Mitchell A. Little posted the following on Facebook:

To All Residents of Toms River,

In light of the current climate the world faces and the safety concerns raised by the recent attack on a house of worship in Pittsburg, I’d like to personally assure every member of our community that the Toms River Police Department understands your safety needs and will continue to take a measured response to any potential threat, to any individual or group, at any level, presented in our town, and identical to that of prior mass casualty events and acts of terrorism that have occurred. If the threat level to our residents were to increase, security measures would certainly be increased. It is imperative that we respond correctly and with the proper level of force in situations such as this.

The cooperation of the community is very important. If you see something, say something. If you have experienced an incident personally, I urge you to contact the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150. Every complaint we receive is dealt with extreme care and concern.

Stay Vigilant, Stay Safe.