Sunday, May 02, 2010

Pittsburgh Marathon Course Altered by Bomb Scare

Thanks to Will.

So, the Taliban has taken credit for the Times Square Car Bombing attempt, and now, the very next day, we have an attempt on the Pittsburgh Marathon. Multiple attempts in multiple cities.

Interesting, to say the least.
Police say they have found an explosive device near the course of the Pittsburgh Marathon, forcing them to detour the final part of the race.

Police say the device was found in a small microwave oven on the sidewalk after the leaders had finished the course Sunday morning. Police Lt. Kevin Kraus says several blocks were cordoned off near the original finish line for the marathon and half-marathon and police tried to reroute the race but eventually ended up delaying it for 10 to 12 minutes.

The bomb squad used a robot to disable the device, which Kraus says investigators now believe was not an actual explosive.

The all-clear was given shortly before 11 a.m. About 5,000 people took part in the full marathon.

The disruption comes a day after a car-bomb scare in New York emptied Times Square.

It sounds to me like this COULD be the work of a complete amateur, who had heard that Microwave ovens give out radiation, and therefore thought he could make a radiological bomb out of an oven.

If so, then LOL.

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