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Police: Item Found Outside of Superior Fire Hall Not IED

The item that was found last Tuesday outside of the new Superior fire department headquarters. The item that was found last Tuesday outside of the new Superior fire department headquarters. |  Photo: Superior Police Department

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 09, 2019 02:05 PM

Superior Police Assistant Chief Matt Markon says the item found last Tuesday outside of the new fire department headquarters on Tower Avenue is not an IED.

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Superior Police said last Tuesday there was a "grainy substance" found inside of the item, and that it was going to be sent to a crime lab to be tested. On Wednesday, Markon told WDIO News that the item is not going to be tested, as an explosives expert from the FBI was able to determine last Tuesday that the substance inside the item is not flammable, and "wasn't going to burn or explode." 

Police said last Tuesday the item was a PVC pipe wrapped in electrical tape. Markon says despite it looking like a PVC pipe bomb because it has a cylinder with a cap on one end and electrical tape on the other, it is still unknown what the item is.

Markon says not knowing what the item was at the beginning of the incident required that police treat it as an IED until they could determine otherwise.

Markon says Superior Police are not charged any response fee by the Marathon County Bomb Squad. He adds the Marathon County Bomb Squad, and Superior Police are members of the Wisconsin ALERT (Aligned Law Enforcement Response Teams). An ALERT team can be called on to respond to the needs of another agency without the expectation of being charged for the response, Markon says.

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Ryan Juntti

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