MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An investigation is underway Tuesday morning after officials say a potential explosive device was found outside the St. Croix County Republican Party office in downtown Hudson, Wisconsin.
The Hudson Police Department says the package was noticed shortly before 9 a.m. outside the building on the 100 block of South 2nd Street. Officers identified the package as a potential threat and cordoned off the area. Nearby businesses were evacuated.
The public is advised to avoid the area.
The St. Paul office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says it’s responding to the incident.
The Wisconsin GOP provided WCCO-TV with the following statement:
“We have differences in our views, in our philosophies, and our vision for America, but violence or threats of violence cannot stand because such actions lead to potential destruction that can’t be overcome,” said Andrew Hitt, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “We are grateful that everyone is safe at this time and we hope that the situation is swiftly and safely resolved.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.