Explosive material at Cabela’s disposed of

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On Aug. 1, at approximately 3:24 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified by Cabela’s retail staff of several suspected explosives located at their store. Officers responded and met with Cabela’s staff. It was determined that a customer had purchased Tannerite with intentions of using it for recreational purposes. The customer returned the Tannerite because it failed to operate properly. Cabela’s staff determined that the returned item was potentially an explosive hazard and removed it from the store.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department requested mutual aid from the Dane County Bomb Squad, which provided essential information on Tannerite, its explosive nature and the precautions that needed to be taken. A perimeter was established and access was restricted at the front of the Cabela’s store.

The Dane County Bomb Squad arrived on the scene and safely disposed of the Tannerite. Highway 35 between Frederick Street and Cliffwood Drive was closed for approximately 35 minutes during this time.
The Prairie du Chien Police Department was assisted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Emergency Management, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and Tri-State EMS.

The police department thanks the citizens for their cooperation and patience in this matter and the outstanding Cabela’s staff for their professionalism and partnership.

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