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Okay, so the Adult Swim people, their marketers, or some of their fans put up a bunch of cute little lightup signs (you can see pictures of the here)... This is all well and good, cute and even a little funny...

Then when the unknown devices were spotted by someone who didn't get the reference they were treated as suspicious by the bomb squad. Which is exactly what should happen, annoying as it might be to have traffic closed off, trains shut down etc...

But then when you look at the fact that those pictures referenced above were posted to the Flikr site OVER 15 DAYS AGO!!!!.... That's when it gets frightening.... Whose friggin job is it to watch the various bridges, and check them to make sure they are kept safe and weird unknown devices are not being attached....

Everyone at the state and city levels from what I have read seems to have dealt with this completely appropriately today, except the one dept (whoever they are) that should have been looking for these kinds of things in the first place... Were they asleep, or just not doing their job, and what is going to be done to correct this? Who will be held accountable?

By the way, I wonder what the cost to both the state and city for this kind of stunt is? Who should have to pay for it? For the most part at least it's just an inconvenience, but there are time, material, and hazard pay that just got used up....

EDIT: BREAKING NEWS: Turner Broadcasting is expected to issue an apology for causing today's series of bomb scares throughout Boston. A statement emailed to the Globe from Turner Broadcasting said: "The 'packages' in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards. We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger."

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