All clear in Point State Park after early morning bomb scare
May 25, 2012 4:30 PM
A City of Pittsburgh Bomb Squad official and a robot complete the examination of a suspicious package that turned out to be radios.
The robot from the City of Pittsburgh Bomb Squad backs away from the package after is was determined to be harmless.
By Moriah Balingit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Radios apparently left by outdoor revelers in Point State Park caused a bomb scare this morning that briefly forced the closure of a portion of Interstate 279.
A passer-by called 911 at around 4 a.m. to report four radios duct taped together on the Portal Bridge, the walkway that runs beneath the interstate, said Officer Jim Darcy, a tech with the Pittsburgh Police Bomb Squad.
Police deemed it suspicious because "most people don't duct tape a bunch of radios together," Officer Darcy said.
Decentralized Dance Party rocks Pittsburgh
A Canadian duo and their banana suit-wearing crew brought their mobile party to Pittsburgh Thursday night. (Video by Brian Batko; 5/24/2012)
The bomb squad deployed a robot and X-rayed the devices and determined that there was nothing explosive inside.
Concerned that the potentially explosive device could detonate while traffic moved above it, police shut down the section of Interstate 279 that runs above the bridge for about 10 or 15 minutes until the bomb squad deemed conditions safe. The bomb squad wrapped up its operations and reopened the bridge by 6 a.m.
People had gathered Thursday night near the park on the North Shore for the Decentralized Dance Party, an outdoor gathering with music and dancing hosted by two Canadians who have taken the concept all over the country [see May 23 PG story.] Using an iPod and transmitters, they broadcast music over several boomboxes. Police believe the devices that caused the scare this morning were left over from the party, but do not plan to charge anyone.