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The city of Boston has done it again. Apparently it didn't learn its lesson from its embarrassing overreaction to a silly marketing stunt that shut down the city, as the police force was brought out to blow up an unidentified box chained to a lightpost. It's believed that the box may have been placed there by transportation authorities looking to monitor traffic patterns, but because the police weren't sure, they blew it up just to be safe. What's really interesting is that if you watch the news clip at the above link, you'll find that the reporters don't seem to find anything disturbing or strange about bomb squads being brought out in a situation like this. Then again, perhaps they shouldn't think it's weird; This is Boston after all, and this type of reaction is becoming very common. And if it turns out that the box was just for monitoring traffic, will transportation officials face fines and possible jail time for placing a hoax device in public?

Story from Techdirt and BoingBoing

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altf4osu
Feb. 28th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Dear Boston Police Department:

The large air craft carrier coming into your fair city is a United State of America Aircraft carrier on its last stop before being decommissioned. Please do not view it as a threat. Please do not blow it up.

thank you,

People with common sense
mc4bbs
Mar. 1st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)

R.O.F.L.!

Did you sent this to the Boston Globe?

You should!

nipper_dawg
Mar. 1st, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
My god what do they think of mail boxes?
mc4bbs
Mar. 1st, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)

Don't alert them! They'll start blowing them up too!

massachusettsqq
Mar. 5th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
St Pats
Hey -- whats up for St Pats week ?

Bad Abbots ?
Alley
both ?

Keep me posted -- I am just doing the fam dinner thing.- then would like to go out.
There is also a bear run in ptown -- might think about that too
mc4bbs
Mar. 5th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: St Pats

I will be in London, England.

See http://where.chazhome.com/

massachusettsqq
Mar. 6th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: St Pats
Wow -- I see a google log in screen
not where you are - or where you are going for some reason hmmmmm

Can you bring me back something?

Big muscle bloke, with arm sleeve tattoo that can pound and take a pounding the way I like it 35 - 41 yrs old

thats all - beside some queens' chocolate
mc4bbs
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: St Pats

Duh! -- login to see my schedule!

Which Queen's Chocolate? ;-)

massachusettsqq
Mar. 6th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: St Pats
eh - tried before - still did not get your calendar - and prompted to load on the pc -- I am like WTF -- NO GOOGLE -- Go Google yourslef - and that was the END of that -

I don't even freakin know what day it is -
work won't even spring for a calendar -- I don't know how many times I have to schedule important meetings with incorrect days -- Today is NOT Febrary 36th. -- geeez
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