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The Strange Intersection of Marathons, Cooking Appliances and Explosives

Posted Apr 18 2013 12:57pm

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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