REPORT: NASA package that fell from sky with note mentioning Trump sparks alarm in New Jersey
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump. South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!” If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.”
Mr. Trump has been staying at his golf club in Bedminster, which is 29 miles away.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The weather researchers were apologetic for any concerns they had raised by the hand written note on the device,” police said in a statement.
NBC New York further reported:
Not reassured by the message or the noise the package was making, employees reported the box to police.
“We just had a package — I’m not making this up — parachute onto my site,” a caller is heard saying in a recording. “It’s a white Styrofoam package. It’s making a weird noise.”
Police dispatched officers and a bomb squad to the area, evacuated the site and set up a perimeter, a South Brunswick detective said. Secret Service also investigated the package, according to the detective.
They soon learned the box filled with wires really was part of a NASA experiment. The box “contained a weather balloon instrument that measures ozone,” NASA said in a statement provided to News 4 New York.
The parachute launched from a Rutgers University-owned site as part of a “Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study.”
“In this instance, a summer student employee, not affiliated with Rutgers, added extra text, in a misguided attempt to be lighthearted,” NASA said.
“The student who appended the note was removed from the project, and we are taking steps to standardize the labeling on these scientific instruments,” NASA added.
Suspicious Package Dropped From The Sky Causes Alarm. https://t.co/9E7NOqnyxh
— So Brunswick PD (@SoBrunswickPD) August 9, 2018
A package, attached to a parachute, fell from the sky with a note on it that said “If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.” https://t.co/haSsJVWlrr
— AP Eastern US (@APEastRegion) August 10, 2018
South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!” If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.” https://t.co/8eG3wLbzlA
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) August 10, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 10, 2018
These packages once called “suspicious” could fall in your community. And NASA is involved. Precautions were taken because Trump was in NJ. https://t.co/krdve49EzK
— Bernardsville Patch (@BernBedNJPatch) August 10, 2018
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