Suspicious devices on Trump signs were theft alarm systems, says police

EASTON, MARYLAND (AP) — Several “suspicious devices” were found on Trump-Pence campaign signs around a Maryland city, but when bomb squads arrived, they realised those devices were small alarm systems.

Easton Police and the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad said they were busy last Sunday and Monday investigating the devices, which were found taped to the political lawn signs.

The first sign was found in Idlewild Park last Sunday morning. Later, four more signs in and around Easton were found with similar devices on them.

Officials said the devices posed no threat to the public: They’re just audible alarms that sound when a pull pin, attached to a string, is tugged away.

The State Marshal’s office said their apparent purpose was to prevent the signs from being stolen or removed.

The campaign signs were placed in public areas, which is illegal. Campaign signs aren’t allowed on “public rights-of-way”, road shoulders, or on medians.

Officials have asked the public to alert police if other suspicious devices are found on the signs. Officials also asked residents to not remove the devices themselves.

A device was attached to a Trump/Pence lawn sign in Easton, Maryland and the fire bomb squad said it was a harmless alarm that was attached in case someone remove the sign. PHOTO: MARYLAND FIRE MARSHAL OFFICE