Decorated Fridge Prompts Bomb Scare

Note to people who decorate their refrigerators: It might be a good idea to stay away from the attack helicopter look.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports that a discarded fridge decorated to resemble an Apache helicopter brought the sheriff's office bomb squad to a local landfill Thursday.

Lt. Tony Prignano says the sheriff's office was called after someone spotted the icebox, which was painted black with military-style markings and signs that referred to explosives. The refrigerator was also locked.

Using a robot, the bomb squad found no explosives inside. The appliance's former owner told police he locked it to prevent children from getting trapped inside.

No charges will be filed.

Prignano says he's not sure why the owner decided to decorate the refrigerator that way.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    This is the post 9/11 USA, Inc. hysteria in action.
  • by GM Location: Greenville on Dec 31, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    Maybe he should consider recycling the next old appliance. Then there will be no need for a bomb squad even if he paints it to look like a nuke!
  • by how fast are ya? on Dec 30, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    What's really fun is chunking an inert gernade among some cops. Watch em run!
  • by EOD on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    The "proper" way to dispose of a refrigerator has always been to remove the doors. Putting a lock on the door leads to suspicion that something that shouldn't be inside is.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    I wonder how much that panic reaction cost us.
  • by Do What on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    Another way for the government to infringe upon your privacy.Is everything a bomb threat or a mental illness? These people are CRAZY, for real.Don't people have the right to decorate their property the way that they want to?
  • by how embarrassing! on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    i do all sorts of silly things with my kids and for my kids, i would be so embarrassed if i was suspected of being a bomber for it! on the ONE hand, i AM glad they over reacted, because YOU NEVER CAN TELL. but on the other embarrassing!
  • by Biscuit Location: ENC on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    "No charges will be filed"....ya think? Maybe because the guy did nothing against the law! I hope it never gets to the point where...."Sir, you are under arrest." "Well, what am I being charged with?" "You are being charged with painting your refrigerator in a manner that the government has deemed inappropriate."
  • by theresa Location: chocowinity on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    who cares why he decorated it that way it was in his house. and he locked it to prevent a child getting harmed. cuddos to him and enough overreacting.
  • by LOL Location: WASHINGTON on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:19 AM

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