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Local, state, federal authorities dispose of suspicious pressure cooker in Loomis, no arrest made

Authorities from multiple agencies were on scene for roughly nine hours.

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Davison County Deputy Sheriff Grant Lanning speaks with a pedestrian near the scene of a standoff in Loomis on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic
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LOOMIS, S.D. — Authorities in Davison County were forced to close all access to Loomis for multiple hours Thursday after a pressure cooker with suspicious contents was located in the street.

Shortly after 1 p.m., a Davison County Sheriff's Deputy located a modified pressure cooker in Middle Street in Loomis.

According to Sheriff Steve Harr, the potential seriousness of the situation led authorities to close all roads in and out of the town, which is roughly nine miles northwest of Mitchell.

Law enforcement made multiple attempts to contact the owner of the residence that the pressure cooker was located in front of, but the resident allegedly refused to speak with authorities.

Though details of the incident were unavailable at the time, a Highway Patrol trooper on scene told the Mitchell Republic that residents in the surrounding area had been notified.

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Authorities from several local, state and federal agencies were in Loomis on Thursday after a sheriff's deputy located a suspicious pressure cooker.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

Several agencies responded to this situation, including the Davison County Sheriff’s Office; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; South Dakota Highway Patrol; Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Law enforcement was on scene for roughly nine hours.

Eventually, a bomb squad was sent to the scene and was able to handle the device, utilizing a controlled explosion to open the pressure cooker. Harr told the Mitchell Republic that while the contents of the pressure cooker were "suspicious," they "weren't put together well enough to call it an explosive."

Though Harr said authorities know the identity of the individual responsible for the pressure cooker, further investigation is needed to determine if any crime was committed.

Dunteman covers general and breaking news as well as crime in the Mitchell Republic's 17-county coverage area. He grew up in Harrisburg, and has lived in South Dakota for over 20 years. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 after earning his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He can be reached at HDunteman@MitchellRepublic.com, or on Twitter @HRDunt.
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