Posted: Mar 3, 2006 12:21 am
Was this Quinn or Lacey, I wonder ...
Band Sticker on Bike Causes Bomb Scare
Mar 02 6:26 PM US/Eastern
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A sticker on a bicycle that said "this bike is a pipe bomb" caused a scare Thursday at Ohio University that shut down four buildings before authorities learned the message was the name of a punk rock band, a university spokesman said.
The sticker on the bike chained outside the university-owned Oasis restaurant near the center of campus attracted the attention of a police officer about 5:30 a.m., spokesman Jack Jeffery said.
Police blocked streets around the restaurant and the Columbus police bomb squad came from about 65 miles away.
The bomb experts hit the bike with a high-pressure spray of water, then pried it apart with a hydraulic device normally used to rescue accident victims trapped in cars, acting Athens Fire Chief Ken Gilbraith said. Once they had it open, they saw there was no bomb.
The buildings, including some classroom facilities, were reopened after a couple hours.
Dean of Students Terry Hogan urged students to be more careful when showing support for the band from Pensacola, Fla.
University police interviewed the bike's owner then released him, Jeffery said. Police are still investigating.
An e-mail seeking comment was sent to Plan-It-X Records, listed on a Web site for the band as its record label. The label does not have a published phone number.