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Toy robot detours traffic near Coors Field
By Kyle Glazier
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/01/2010 05:21:13 PM MST
Updated: 12/01/2010 08:11:37 PM MST

Police have closed East 20th Street between Chestnut and Blake streets while they investigate what appears to be a small, toy robot affixed to a footbridge near Coors Field. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

A robot met its end near Coors Field tonight when the Denver Police Department Bomb Squad detonated the "suspicious object," bringing to an end the hours-long standoff between police and the approximately eight-inch tall figurine.

Denver Police Spokesman Matt Murray said that a citizen called police at 3:27 p.m. to report the presence of the plastic white toy robot cemented to the base of a pillar supporting a footbridge near the intersection of 20th and Wazee streets. Police closed 20th Street between Blake Street and Chestnut Place, but did let a few people past the police tape to retreive cars parked in nearby lots. Nobody was allowed within about 100 yards of the robot.

"Are you serious?" asked Denver resident Justin Kent, 26, when police stopped him from proceeding down 20th Street. Kent said that he lived just past the closed area, but was told he would have to go around via Park Avenue.

"I can't believe it. This is ridiculous," said Kent.

Traffic piled up at adjacent intersections as rush hour commuters were forced to detour around the closure.

Some pedestrians, unable to reach their vehicles at a lot adjacent to the robot, decided to wait it out at a bar on 20th Street, asking uniformed officers to let them know when the road reopened.

A bomb squad robot was sent it to examine the troublesome robot before a bomb squad officer, dressed in heavy protective gear, took a turn.

Murray said that the bomb squad couldn't be sure if the robot was safe or not, and so remotely detonated it at about 5:30 p.m. to "render it safe." The robot exploded into several chunks.

"It was cemented in. That's odd," Murray said.

Murray said that suspicious objects do not automatically warrant a call to the bomb squad if patrol officers are able to determine that there is no threat. He said that the robot was strange enough to warrant precautionary measures. In the end, it proved harmless.

"A whole lot of nothing," Murray said.

20th Street reopened after police finished cleaning up the remains of the robot. Murray said that police have no leads on who put the robot there, or why they did it.

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H.Buck you miss the point, they need to justify the outrageous budgets and salaries for the bomb squad equipment and EOD team.
You've also got some overtime thrown in there I'm sure and last but not least you got to understand the "beast" and its "modus operandi" the government is quick to point out potential dangers so they can pass more rules and regulations, so they can have more personnel paid by the tax payer to keep us safe from everyone and everything including ourselves.:gaah:
 

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Naaa I didn't miss the point.. I was just saying this is the problem.. could have popped it with a 22 short and known right away... much cheaper.. and less danger.. unless it was the trigger to a buried nuke !!! hahahaha
 

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A while ago some kids made a PVC toy boat, which is good material, unsinkable. It got away from them and it appeared to be a toy boat, made from PVC.

Someone saw it by a ferry dock and went ape sh*t. They had everyone out there. One of the kids heard the news and told them what it was. They still continued their protocols. Then they acted as if they were being nice by not charging the children. Gee...who about slamming all those spastic people.

My favorite one is when someone sees a bogus grenade with an OPEN BOTTOM with the molded fuse assembly and spoon and they call out EOD.
 
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