Bomb Scares in Suburbia
I’ve no doubt that there were policies and protocols in play, but I’d really like to know whether, in the near-decade since 9/11, there have been any instances in which this sort of heavy response has actually prevented anything:
At 9:03 Thursday morning the call came in to 911 from a Pocasset Cemetery worker. He had spotted a suspicious red duffel-sized gym bag near some bushes about 10 yards north of the road through the cemetery. …
At one point, two engine trucks, two command vehicles, and a rescue truck were all parked curbside on Main Road, lights flashing. About a dozen fire fighters, two fire chiefs (Chief Lloyd and his counterpart from Portsmouth, Jeffrey Lynch), and a single police officer had all gathered behind a wall on the Main Road sidewalk, a respectful distance (about 100 yards) from the barely visible red bag up in the cemetery.
Authorities closed the nearby post office briefly and blocked the drive-through windows to a Bank Newport branch. After (as the Newport Daily News reports) deployment of a bomb squad robot and use of a mineral-water bomb to explode the bag, its contents turned out to be about what one would expect: clothes and a DVD.
I haven’t yet heard it said, but the slogan of our times may be becoming “common sense kills.” It wouldn’t apply, of course, to the residents of the threatened cemetery.