UPDATE: Aberdeen city manager says unknown if discovered object was explosive

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UPDATE: 4:34 p.m.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KELO) — Aberdeen’s city manager tells KELOLAND News that it is unknown if the object was a bomb or not.

“From its initial inception, it appeared that it could be an explosive device, and not real clear if it was or wasn’t, so out of abundance of caution, we’ve treated it as an explosive device investigation, and so that’s how we’re moving forward at this time,” said Joe Gaa, city manager with the City of Aberdeen. “We’ll know more later on if it is or isn’t and what it was, if it is.”

Gaa says the FBI is involved.

“The police department had launched their investigation and is working with the DCI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, checking into what this object might be,” Gaa said. “So we got to a point where we felt that Wylie Park was safe, we’ve done everything we can to safeguard that, and at 1:00 the majority of the park reopened.”

1:45 p.m.

The Aberdeen Police Department has released more information on the investigation of a suspicious object found at Wylie Park on Friday morning.

Authorities say a “probable explosive device that was built to activate at a later time” was found near the park entrance around 8 a.m. The park and Storybook Land were searched, as well as other city parks in Aberdeen. Officials say no other devices were located.

Police in Aberdeen are offering a $1,000 reward for any information on the device. If you have information, you are asked to contact Brown County Dispatch at 605-626-7911.

12:32 p.m.

The Aberdeen Police Department says Wylie Park will reopen to the public at 1 p.m. Friday.

Authorities thanked the public for patience and understand.

11:13 a.m.

Authorities in Aberdeen have closed a popular park Friday morning. 

According to the Aberdeen Police Department, a “suspicious object” was found at Wylie Park. Authorities are searching the park and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigations’ Bomb Squad has been requested. 

Authorities are asking the public to stay away. 

Storybook Land is located inside Wylie Park. Officials say in a Facebook post Storybook Land is closed.

This is a developing story. Stay with KELOLAND News online and on-air for more coverage.

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