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Suspicious package dropped from sky above South Brunswick solar farm determined to be weather monitoring device

Republic Services and New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures unveiled a 40,000-panel solar farm on the former South Brunswick landfill on New Road on July 17


SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A suspicious white package dropped down from the sky onto the solar farm on New Road was determined to be a weather monitoring device.

Around 11:53 a.m. on Aug. 7, Officer Salvatore Fama was informed of a device attached to a parachute, accompanied by a handwritten note indicating it was not a bomb but mentioning the president, making a hissing sound, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.

This was the second package that had been located in New Jersey that day and due to the fact that President Trump was in Somerset County, extra precautions were taken, according to police.

Several agencies, including the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit, Kendall Park Fire Department and federal authorities worked to resolve the situation.

The package was ultimately determined to be a weather monitoring device, according to the statement. Investigators determined the item was one of six released on Aug. 5 from the New Brunswick area by NASA scientists. These devices will come down after a period of time at random locations, police said. The weather researchers were apologetic for any concerns they had raised by the hand written note on the device, according to officials.

There are no charges related to the incident.


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