Noose in Home Depot

A customer comes forward, saying they're responsible for an incident inside a Brandywine Hundred Home Depot that ignited racial tensions.  

A noose was found in aisle 10 of the big box store on Miller Road by sisters, Lyonni and Lisa Flowers, who had been shopping for a new storm door for their elderly mother as a gift recently.  

The duo discovered the noose and posted a photograph of it on Facebook, saying "NO IT'S NOT OK," in a post that went viral.

But Delaware State Police said the customer claimed the incident was not racially-motivated. They said a customer came to troopers and said they had been building a pergola/canopy for a customer, who requested a "different type of 'rope knots'" for decoration.  The customer told police, the knot was tied strictly for work purposes with no racial motive behind it.  

Delaware State Police are investigating the incident, and it remains unclear whether charges will be filed.  

The Flowers' sisters said a store manager cut the noose down with a small knife and initially blamed a customer for the incident. 

A corporate spokeswoman for Home Depot said, at the time, the incident was under investigation.

"We're appalled and disturbed by this incident; we're investigating it diligently and are working with law enforcement," Margaret Smith, senior manager for corporate communications with Home Depot.

Neither Smith with Home Depot nor the Flowers' sisters immediately returned requests for comment at the time this story was published. 

Rev. Dr. Christopher Bullock with Canaan Baptist Church near New Castle is holding a news conference Thursday in Home Depot's parking lot.  

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Amy Cherry is the Assistant News Director and an investigative journalist at WDEL. She joined WDEL's award-winning news team in 2010 from WBZ Newsradio 1030 in Boston and has received national accolades for reporting.