The 2007 Boston magnetic light scare was an incident that occurred in Boston
, Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area on January 31, 2007. Boston police found magnetic light devices with battery packs around the city, mistaking them for strategically-placed bombs. These devices turned out to be elements of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, a film based on the animated TV series Aqua Teen Hunger Force
(ATHF) on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim
late-night programming block. The G4 television network has dubbed the incident "Aquagate." This event just showed how stupid and how much some people can overreact.
In result two people were arrested, Peter Berdovsky, a freelance video artist from Arlington, Massachusetts, and Sean Stevens, of Charlestown, Massachusetts, were facing charges of placing a "hoax device" in a way that results in panic.Additional charges are being considered against the network and marketing firm. The two initial suspects have pled "not guilty."
In the first public interview of the suspects with their lawyer in front of the court building since they were charged, the suspects brought up the topic of '70s haircuts and refused to discuss anything else, amidst reporters' accusations that they were not taking the situation seriously which caused many of the reporting new stations to become frustrated (as they are all a bunch of idiots anyways and can't take a joke, and see the whole stupidity of the situation since most newstations are payed off by politicians anyways).
The stupidity of this situation is that the same magnetic lights were reported in many other cities including Seattle
, and New York
. All in which no major crisis occured believing the objects were some sort of explosive device. In all of these cities, there were also no compliants about the devices. Although all of the magnetic lights in the three cities above had been in place two or three weeks, Boston was the only one where officials treated the objects as bombs.
Some of the LED lights
are now selling for over the price $3,000 on Ebay