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Broken Pipe at Court House Leads to Evacuation

The Ocean County Justice Complex, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Ocean County Justice Complex, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A pipe that broke due to the frigid temperatures led to the Ocean County Justice Complex being partially evacuated Monday.

According to county officials, the sprinkler pipe located in the outside overhang in the building’s outdoor atrium area apparently froze as a result of the ongoing sub-freezing temperatures. As it thawed, it broke, and began to leak “a substantial amount of water,” officials said. The water was immediately shutoff as the leak was being isolated.

“The building was closed while the cleanup was underway,” said Ocean County Administrator Carl W. Block.

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The complex, which houses the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and a number of courtrooms and Superior Court functions, was evacuated after the fire alarms sounded as a result of being triggered by sensors when the pipe broke. There was no fire in the building.

Anyone who is scheduled for any court function in the Justice Complex at 120 Hooper Avenue should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at 732-929-2042.

“But, we do expect the building will be reopen in the morning (Jan. 9) for regular business,” Block said.


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