Seems someone over-reacted, causing a panic, and now the authorities are claiming intent and have started arresting people:
Two held after ad campaign triggers Boston bomb scare
POSTED: 2:39 a.m. EST, February 1, 2007
BOSTON, Massachusetts[/b] (CNN) – Authorities have arrested two men in connection with electronic light boards depicting a middle-finger-waving moon man that triggered repeated bomb scares around Boston on Wednesday and prompted the closure of bridges and a stretch of the Charles River.
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Wow, a light board of an ad campaign representing a cartoon character that had a very sinister appearance = bomb.
(Yeah, I noticed the battery and wire parts - but how else would you power it? With a nuclear reactor and induction?)
I agree. Ban all ads and commercials. I for one will be grateful.
Come again!? - Should they have all been placed on public property instead?
Ah, another target for the war on terror: marketing campaigns. Bring it on!
Fair argument. But only if you can prove that it was in any way intended to resemble a bomb and scare people.
But let’s make one thing clear: I have no problem with the fact that the devices were mistaken as a bomb, that the authorities acted on it and that the boards were removed, but to imply this was all intentional and based on greed is ridiculous. And so is arresting people for it.