Parachuting package causes alarm; turns out to be a NASA weather device

BY Christopher Lang, Correspondent, @topherlang2 | MonroeNow | Aug 10, 2018

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A suspicious white package that fell from the sky on to a solar panel field in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick on Aug. 7 had initially caused alarm, authorities said Thursday night.

However, it turns out that the package, which was attached to a parachute, was launched by NASA scientists from New Brunswick. It was one of six weather devices the agency launched.

Watch: NBC New York reports about weather device

South Brunswick officer Salvatore Fama responded to the call of a suspicious package on Tuesday at 11:53 a.m. at 147 New Road in Kendall Park. Employees said the package was making a hissing sound and contained a handwritten note saying it was not a bomb and made mention of the president.

South Brunswick police said this was the second package that had been located in New Jersey and extra precautions were taken since President Trump was in Somerset County.

Out of caution, several agencies responded including Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit, Kendall Park Fire Department and federal authorities.

It was eventually determined the package was a weather device.

According to the investigation, the weather devices come down after a period of time at random locations. Police said the researchers were apologetic for any concerns they raised with the hand-written note. No charges were filed.