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Oct 22, 2020

Man Brings Explosive to Shore Bar, Faces No Charges

Suspicious Package Left at Sea Bright's Donovan's Reef Turns out to be Explosives

A South Plainfield man, Thomas Kaiser, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and one count of tampering with evidence after bringing a homemade explosive to the popular beach bar, Donovan’s Reef, on Sept. 2, 2019.

Kaiser admitted to bringing a homemade firecracker to Sea Bright. He was arrested for the incident, after Donovan’s Reef was forced to evacuate during its busiest weekend last year. The parade that weekend was also canceled as other materials were found in trash cans along the parade route.

“I never expected this to go where it went, and I’m sorry that it happened,” Kaiser, told Superior Court Judge Lourdes Lucas. In fashioning the plea bargain, Lucas explained that Kaiser has no priors and has worked as a plumber for 35 years.

After investigators found out that there was no malicious intent behind his actions, Kaiser was presented with a plea bargain. It included one year of probation as well as the surrender of his firearms, purchaser’s identification card and permit to purchase a handgun.

Lucas ordered Kaiser to undergo a mental health evaluation and comply with any recommendations. He has also been banned from returning to Donovan’s Reef.