Joint FBI and local police investigation underway after explosive device found at Salem’s Satanic Temple

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SALEM — The FBI’s Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force has teamed up with the Salem Police Department to investigate an explosive device that was found on the porch of the Satanic Temple in Salem early on April 8.

Authorities reported that no one was on the property when the device was thrown, and no injuries occurred as a result of the incident.

Chief Lucas Miller of the Salem Police Department expressed his concerns but also reassurance in the support from federal agencies. “While this is frightening for those of us who live and work in Salem, particularly so the workers and neighbors of the Satanic Temple, I take great comfort in the assistance of the FBI.

I am confident that between our federal partners and our own excellent SPD Detectives, we will find and arrest the perpetrator and hopefully, that will serve as a deterrent to anyone who sees the temple as a target,” Miller said.

Mayor Dominick Pangallo condemned the attack and extended the city’s support to the staff and members of the Satanic Temple and local residents affected by the crime. “Salem is a welcoming place and violent attacks like this are utterly reprehensible,” Pangallo stated.

He also acknowledged the swift response and ongoing support from the Salem Police Department, ATF, FBI, and Massachusetts State Police, while committing to exploring additional security measures to protect the community.

The public is encouraged to come forward with any information that could aid the investigation.

Witnesses or those with knowledge of the incident on the morning of April 8 are urged to contact the Salem Police Criminal Investigation Division at 978-745-9700 or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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