Man Arrested for Possession of Destructive Device In Tabor
A man has been arrested after an explosion was reported this weekend in southeastern South Dakota.
According to Dakota News Now, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation was called on to investigate a destructive device in Tabor. After interviews and a search warrant was executed by DCI special agents and bomb technicians, Joseph Hansen was arrested.
Hanson is charged with the sale, transportation, or possession of a destructive device and unauthorized possession of substances with intent to make a destructive device.
Collaborating on the investigation was DCI, Bon Homme County Sheriff's office, the FBI, and ATF.
What exactly is a "destructive device?" Obviously, it could be a bomb, among other things.
"Destructive device is defined in South Dakota law in SDCL 22-1-2 (13) as:
(13) "Destructive device,"
(a) Any bomb, grenade, explosive missile, or similar device or any launching device therefor; or
(b) Any breakable container which contains a flammable liquid with a flashpoint of one hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit or less and has a wick or similar device capable of being ignited;
Subsection b above is referring to what is known widely as a "Molotov cocktail," which gets its name from a Soviet foreign minister named Vyacheslav Molotov. He didn't invent it, but he contributed to its origin. Molotov made a statement on Soviet state radio that bombs that were being dropped on Finland were actually part of a humanitarian aid mission. When someone had the idea for the little hand-thrown firebomb, someone else dubbed the weapon a Molotov cocktail, putting a sarcastic spin on its name.
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