What’s up in Boston?

January 31, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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A marketing campaign??? Are you kidding me? Didn’t anyone learn anything from the Mission Impossible news box fiasco? Scroll down for more info.

Boston is virtually shut-down:

Suspicious packages found in 4 areas of Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – Four suspicious packages were found in separate locations around Boston on Wednesday hours after a bomb squad detonated another suspicious package below a highway, police said.

The packages were found near the New England Medical Center, the Longfellow Bridge that connects Boston with Cambridge, the Boston University Bridge and on Storrow Drive near Charles Street in downtown Boston, police said.

“Right now they’re under investigation,” said a Boston Police Department spokesman.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesman Joe Pesaturo said one of the train system’s busiest lines have been stopped.

U.S. Coast Guard said it closed Boston’s Charles River amid the security alert.

Are we looking at a hoax? Possible dry run for real terrorism? Diversion for other bad activity? Currently Fox is reporting that they may be hoaxes. The calls about the packages came in around 1:00 PM.

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Fox now reporting: From Homeland Security, device on I95 was a computer keyboard stuck to an I beam with a picture of a guy possibly flipping the bird at local authorities.

Update:

Holy Crap – it was a marketing campaign for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim!

Hoax Devices Create Gridlock In Boston
Devices Part Of Cartoon Marketing Campaign

(WBZ) BOSTON The suspicious devices which forced bomb units to scramble across Boston today were actually magnetic lights that are part of a marketing campaign for a television cartoon.

The reports forced the temporary shutdowns of Interstate 93 out of the city, a key inbound roadway, a bridge between Boston and Cambridge, and a portion of the Charles River but were quickly determined not to be explosive.

“It’s a hoax — and it’s not funny,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.

All of the devices are magnetic lights which resemble a character on the show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, on Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network.

WBZ has obtained a statement from Turner Broadcasting:

“The “packages” in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards. We regret that they mistakenly thought to pose any danger.”

A total of nine devices were found in Boston and Somerville.

The first device was found at an MBTA subway and bus station located under Interstate 93 on Wednesday morning. The device was detonated and determined to be harmless, but as a precaution the station and the interstate shut down temporarily.

Then, around 1 p.m., four calls came into Boston Police reporting suspicious devices at the Boston University Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge, which both span the Charles River, and the corner of Stuart and Columbus Streets and at the Tufts-New England Medical Center.

Another device was found in Somerville under the McGrath Highway Bridge.

The FBI is assisting Boston police in the investigation. F-B-I spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz says the investigation remains “fluid.” She stresses the devices are NOT related to terrorism.