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Turner Broadcasting "regrets" Boston security scare

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Turner Broadcasting "regrets" Boston security scare

By Jason SzepWed Jan 31, 6:39 PM ET

Turner Broadcasting apologized on Wednesday for a marketing campaign that sparked Boston's biggest security scare since the September 11, 2001, attacks -- closing bridges, shutting major roads and putting hundreds of police on alert.

The day-long scare began when a suspicious package was found on a steel beam under a bridge in the morning. Police stopped traffic on a major interstate highway north of Boston, cordoned off the area, deployed a bomb squad and blew it up.

By afternoon, at least eight other similar suspicious packages were discovered, each triggering a security alert involving emergency crews, federal agents, bomb squads, police and the U.S. Coast Guard.

"The 'packages' in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger," Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a unit of Time Warner Inc., said in statement.

It said the devices were part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 American cities for an animated television show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" produced by its Adult Swim brand.

They had been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

"We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger," said Turner, adding that it had contacted law enforcement officials to give them the precise locations of the packages.

The discoveries in Boston triggered the biggest city-wide security alert since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

It forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close the Charles River that feeds from the Atlantic Ocean into the city and caused authorities to shut down major bridges linking Boston with neighboring Cambridge along with several roads.

"This has taken a significant toll on our resources," Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told reporters.

The packages looked roughly similar, he said.

"We feel there is not a reason for anyone to panic," Gov. Deval Patrick told a news conference before Turner released its statement widely to the media.

Four of the packages were discovered near the New England Medical Center, the Longfellow Bridge that connects Boston with Cambridge, the Boston University Bridge and at an intersection in central Boston.

"All were found not to be explosive devices," said Boston Police Department spokesman Eddy Chrispin.

(Additional reporting by Svea Herbst and Scott Malone)

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they made an apology during the commercials last night before aqua teen hunger force and I didnt know what the hell they were talking about. hard to tell when they're joking when they do those black screen with the white lettering things.

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But on topic..... They are all over the US and they were the only city to find them yet? And how about we not be as paranoid about everything. Damn panicky people.
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they made an apology during the commercials last night before aqua teen hunger force and I didnt know what the hell they were talking about. hard to tell when they're joking when they do those black screen with the white lettering things.
+1 I thought they were kidding at first, but when they continued and wrote that long paragraph then I got that it wasn't a joke.
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There are a bunch of Dolts are walking the streets of Boston...

Yep, that looks like a terrorist bomb.

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bah, they dont look like bombs, they're pretty thin looking from a pic i've seen of it in daylight, thickest part was where the D batteries were in place

Edit: just saw pics were posted... +1 to morons

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how big this has gotten is really sad, I think it was on MSNBC, CNN, and something else last night. It's a lite-bright, the damn things don't work half the time anyway. Great publicity though. ATHF FTW!!!
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I don't know about you guys, but If I saw one of those stuck somewhere weird like inside a parking garage downtown, I'm pretty sure I would tell a a cop.

I've never seen a real bomb before. I think they absolutely did the right thing. They look a lot more menacing than a boxcutter in someone's pocket, and look what those did

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The problem now is that the next time someone sees something like this, they're not going to believe it's a bomb. So here's a couple hints for terrorists everywhere, number 1, Get a WHITE GUY to do whatever you're planning (we all know that white guys never do anything suspect), number 2, make any and all bombs/IEDs look just like Ignignokt or Err, Number 3, hide all wires and batteries.

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