The FBI warned in a new memo that explosive devices pose a “significant” threat in upcoming protests – days ahead of planned demonstrations in all 50 state capitals, according to a report on Friday.
The agency’s bulletin includes a list of devices found over the past eight months for the public and law enforcement agencies, noting that the infrastructure is also at risk.
“The threat to law enforcement officers and the general public on all sides [sic] The tactics listed are substantial, ”reads the memo received from ABC News.
“If a suspicious item is believed to contain explosives, a device, or any other hazardous material, DO NOT touch, tamper with, or move the item. Only bomb disposal personnel should handle suspicious equipment that is located. “
The FBI warned earlier this week that armed protests are planned for Sunday in every state capital – and through January 20 inauguration day.
The government has put local authorities on high alert over potentially violent protests. FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday investigators are following large numbers of “online chatters” about inauguration-related events.
The warnings come after pro-Trump rioters struck Capitol Hill on the day Congress voted to confirm the 2020 presidential election results.
Five people died, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher thrown by a protester.