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Bomb squad responds to devices attached to campaign signs, found to be not harmful

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 20:48:11-04

EASTON, Md. — The Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad responded to suspicious devices attached to political campaign signs in Talbot County over the past two days.

On October 4, 2020, at approximately 9:00 a.m, Easton Police were dispatched to Idlewild Park for a suspicious device located on the rear of a campaign sign. After observing the device, officers requested the Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad's assistance.

Bomb Technicians determined the device was not harmful and removed it. Since then, Bomb Technicians have responded to four more similar devices in and around Easton, and all were determined to be of similar construction.

Officials say the devices are described as a small audible alarm attached to the rear of the sign with a removable pull pin.

Once the pull pin is removed, an attached string line is pulled away, sounding the alarm. It appears that the purpose of the devices was to thwart the theft or removal of the sign.

At no time were the devices a threat to the public.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal asks citizens if they should see a similar type of device located on a campaign sign, to contact their local police agency for further instructions.