Cartoon Network promo tied to Boston bomb scare
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BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- A marketing campaign gone awry was apparently behind the shutdown of Boston's major roadways and subway lines on Wednesday after promotional devices installed around the city triggered a day-long bomb scare.
In an e-mailed statement circulated to the media, the Cartoon Network, owned by Time Warner, acknowledged placing several devices containing magnetic lighting circuitry along Boston's major thoroughfares are as part of a promotional campaign of its animated show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." The network added it was sorry for confusion the devices caused.
By evening rush hour Wednesday, law enforcement officials had reportedly identified at least nine of the devices. The first, found early Wednesday morning, was detonated by a bomb squad at a subway station in Somerville, Mass., next to heavily-traveled Interstate 93.
The discovery of subsequent suspicious packages resulted in the temporary closure of three main bridges connecting Cambridge, Mass. to Boston, in addition to sections of Boston's Storrow Drive, Interstate Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Another suspicious package was reportedly found inside the Tufts-New England Medical Center, a major medical facility.
Subway services on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority's Red and Orange Lines were also suspended temporarily. Likewise, the U.S. Coast Guard temporarily passage on the Charles River and closed locks controlling water flow from the Charles to Boston Harbor, according to local reports.
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