You're safe now. The police blowed it up real good a little before 5:00 this morning: a "suspicious backpack" found outside the Federal courthouse.
Contents, "fireworks and marijuana." The alert news-consumer will note the absence of any sort of container, like, say, a jam tin or pressure-cooker and, at least per the reports, no shrapnel, either.
A security guard found the backpack about a quarter 'til three this morning. In a possibly unrelated incident, a small group of teenagers were seen in the immediate area not long before it showed up. (Teenagers: Threat Or Menace?)
IMPD Bomb Squad and the Feds are still wrapping up their investigation at this writing, and one might speculate they're feeling like a large breakfast would be really groovy. Or even just a bag of chips.
See, kids? Drugs are bad (mmm-kay?) and fireworks are dangerous: they'll make the police blow up your backpack!
Scoring on this one:
Act of terrorism: Fail.
Act of political theater: Fail.
(Possible) act of teenage forgetfulness with a bag of Illegal: Fail.
Update: And, later on and up the road at the Minton-Capeheart Federal Metaphor, more fireworks, this time as a "mysterious device" that showed up in a small-items bowl at an X-ray station. They blew it up, too. My first thought, at the initial report that "...a woman was being held in connection with the device," was to wonder if Tam had anything to do with it.
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