A white package fell from the sky, with Donald Trump's name on it, and no one was happy with its message
The note on the box referring to President Trump was written in black marker by an intern student at NASA.
New Jersey police officials were alarmed when a strange white package landed from the sky in the center of the state last week and had a message about President Donald Trump, according to reports.
The styrofoam-wrapped package was reportedly attached to a red parachute and made a bizarre hissing sound as it landed on the ground. The package had a handwritten note referring to the Republican president, according to the New York Times.
Reports state that the white box dropped onto a solar panel field in South Brunswick, New Jersey, nearly 25 miles south from where Trump was staying in Bedminster. According to the South Brunswick Police Department, people who found the package called the authorities, including firefighters, a bomb squad, and police officers to probe the mysterious white box.
The note reportedly was written from someone in NASA with a black marker, which read: "NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!"
nytimes : RT NYTScience: A bomb squad was mobilized after a suspicious package fell from the sky with a note referring to President Trump. It ended up being part of a NASA experiment. https://t.co/LkdfY0VdkI (via Twitter https://t.co/jDITyf5uvS) pic.twitter.com/5YLpNqV6zU— Jubair hossain (@mdjubair_me) August 11, 2018
"If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf," the note added.
Authorities eventually concluded that the package was not a threat and was just an ozone monitoring device, which was released into the air by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
A NASA spokesperson, Katherine Brown, released a statement saying that the note sparked the chaos was written by an undergraduate intern employed by the space agency. The spokesperson added that the note about Trump was a "misguided attempt to be lighthearted," and added that the student has been removed from the project.
"We are taking steps to standardize the labeling on these scientific instruments," Brown said.
The statement added that the device with the note was among the six released on Sunday from the New Brunswick area and was part of the Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study, which analyzes air pollution in the New York City region.
Reports state that the study included multiple organization, including NASA, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation.
The local police department said that there were no charges related to the incident and that extra precautions were taken with the device because the president was in the region.
Another NASA spokesperson, Patrick Lynch, said that Secret Service agents interviewed the employees at the space organizations and later concluded that there was no threat.