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The Strange Intersection of Marathons, Cooking Appliances and Explosives

posted at 1:05 pm on April 18, 2013 by

You are to be forgiven if you think that the Boston Marathon was America’s first experience with an explosion during a major road race involving a cooking appliance, but an incident at the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon – though humorous – is a welcome reminder that our police officers are a naturally cautious group, and thank God for it.

Back then, an officer noticed a small microwave oven near the finish line of the marathon – a rather unusual find, you’ll admit. The contents looked suspicious through the microwave’s tiny window, so the area was cordoned off and a bomb disposal robot brought in.

The bomb squad blew up the microwave, only to discover it was filled with ravioli.

Marathon runners were diverted around the block and few of them had any inkling of the incident until contacted by the media afterward.

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I am a volunteer worker at a big parade next week, and you can be sure I’ll be on the lookout for cooking devices of all types. No one wants to let this stop our fun, but I think folks are a little nervous.

juliesa on April 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Several years ago, running in the Army Ten-Miler, 2006 or 2007, can’t remember, the race was diverted by a suspicious package about 8 miles into the race. We runners didn’t know it at the time, but somewhere after the 6 mile point, we were diverted off course.

About the time we should have been about a mile from the finish, I knew something was wrong, because the Pentagon was too far away. When by my own timing we should have been crossing the finish line, we were a bit over a mile out. It ended up being an 11.1 or 11.2 mile race, don’t remember, but was not sanctioned, so it didn’t count as a qualifying event.

The package turned out to be someone’s discarded clothes. I thought of that when the news of Boston hit. We were lucky, false alarm. Boston on the other hand …

Grinch on April 18, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Whatever happened to the old pipe bomb classic?

keep the change on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Wondering when we will have to start registering pressure cookers?
NICS = National Investigation Cooking Supplies

Open The Door on April 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

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