Monday, November 28, 2005

The Case of the Exploding Briefcase

An abandoned briefcase was found and detonated by the authorities in nearby Mount Lebanon Township yesterday. From the Trib:

Mt. Lebanon police evacuated businesses and detoured traffic around a three-block area of Washington Road for four hours Sunday after a briefcase was left outside a restaurant in the heart of the business district.

The Allegheny County Police Bomb Squad detonated the briefcase with a loud bang at 12:10 p.m. The briefcase contained only electronic equipment, police said.

Things like this usually just turn out to be nothing more than personal property dropped by an innocent absent-minded person. There's probably some guy who spent all afternoon frantically searching for his missing briefcase, couldn't figure out where he left it, and then heard about this. If I were him, I'd be pissed.

Of course, you can't be too careful these days. Mount Lebanon is an affluent, mostly Republican community, and therefore a prime target for terrorists...or those who sympathize with them.

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