Old Construction Explosives Detonated Early Saturday Morning


Several people on the southeast side of Sioux Falls had an unexpected wake up call this weekend due to old construction explosives.

On Friday, an employee spotted strange wires coming out of the ground near I-229 and East 26th Street.

At first the employee didn’t think much of the wires, but later called in to report it. That’s when the bomb squad was called in to detonate the explosives.

“They’re estimating that this construction explosives was from the 60’s or 70’s and just because of the deteriorated state, they didn’t feel that it was safe to move so they set up a perimeter. We did have a very few homes that were evacuated but really it was just an abundance of precaution,” Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said. 

The old explosives were found in the area where crews are relocating the entrance to Rotary Park.

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