Photos courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society
The Japanese sent
balloons with bombs to the United States. The balloons floated in the
air from Japan to the West Coast. Because they were small and quiet, no
one knew they were coming. When the balloons reached the United States,
they were supposed to explode. They were supposed to start fires in the
forests and cause people to panic. The balloon bombs did not work very
well. Thousands fell into the ocean. Others did not explode. Several
balloons did travel as far as South Dakota, but no one was injured or
killed there. One made it to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Others made it to Buffalo, Custer, Wolsey, and Madison.
The bottom part
of one balloon can be seen in the picture. The drawing shows the whole
balloon. A balloon bomb can also be seen on display at the Cultural
Heritage Center in Pierre.