- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A suspicious object known as a “sparkler bomb” was removed from the top of the Aberdeen American News Building and destroyed Friday without incident by the state Division of Criminal Investigation’s bomb squad.

An investigation is ongoing into the roughly 7-inch-long destructive device, which was wrapped in electrical tape and had a fuse, the American News (http://bit.ly/1qBhC6p ) reported. Nobody in the building or in the surrounding structures was evacuated and there weren’t any specific threats reported.

An X-ray showed it was a “real device,” and authorities took extra caution to remove it from the roof and get it to a safe spot for disposal, Brown County Emergency Management Director Scott Meints said.

Sparkler bombs, which are illegal in South Dakota, can be a real threat, even though they sound harmless, the newspaper reported.

“They are considerably dangerous,” Meints said. “We made the right move of taking the precautions.”

The Aberdeen Police Department, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue and Brown County Emergency Management also assisted. Division of Criminal Investigation officials took the device to the Aberdeen department’s shooting range south of the city and destroyed it in a hole with a countercharge.

That charge is to make sure any explosion is directed into the ground, said Jeff Metzinger, a special agent with DCI. A loud bang and a ring of smoke marked the object’s destruction, the newspaper reported.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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