Pipe Bombs Alarm People In KELOLAND


It’s the investigation that is capturing the nation’s attention — who is sending explosive devices to prominent Democrats.

Robert De Niro is the latest target.  Authorities found a suspicious package at his production company in Lower Manhattan.   So far, the devices have been found in four states and Washington D.C.  Most were sent to high-profile Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton   A bomb was also mailed to CNN’s New York headquarters.  

The discoveries have also alarmed people in KELOLAND.  They say the suspicious packages are a troubling symptom of our deeply-divided politics.

Sioux Falls postal customer Lana Hilgemann says the nationwide pipe bomb investigation has raised her own awareness about anything suspicious that may come through the mail.  

“I think it’s scary and I think it’s sad that something like this could possibly be turning political in a negative way,” Hilgemann said.

Hilgemann and others see the nation’s political divide as a factor behind the pipe bombs.

“It’s probably not really surprising that somebody that maybe isn’t all there or has issues, would take the words of what’s being talked about and taking it to an extreme,” Jim Bruget of Brandon said.

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says he is confident authorities will catch whoever’s been making and sending the bombs.  Rounds is calling on political leaders to dial-back the heated partisanship leading up to Election Day. 

“This is wrong.  It’s jut flat-out wrong.  It never should have been in the first place and all of us should condemn it and we should tone-down the political rhetoric on both sides of the aisle,” Rounds said.

Some people wonder if a pipe bomb might show up in South Dakota, even though we may seem far removed from the national political arena.

“Stuff happens everywhere, so it probably could.  But it’s something a year ago I don’t think I thought about worrying about my mail,” Hilgemann said.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, the New York City Police Department said they don’t know if other bombs are still out there.

If you want to learn how to identify a suspicious package or how to safely handle mail, click here 

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