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U.S. District Court building evacuated after police mistook adult vibrator for a bomb

By Mason White 6:08 PM December 8, 2014
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By: Chan Yuan
An unattended adult vibrator caused a bomb scare at the U.S. District Court in San Diego, California, police said.

The Edward J. Schwarz United States Courthouse was cordoned off after someone reported a suspicious-looking electronic device on an outside patio shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

Federal officials cordoned off the area while the bomb squad was called in to investigate. It turned out that the device was an adult toy with an attached cable.

“The device was an egg-shaped piece of aluminum attached to an electrical cord,” spokesperson of the San Diego Fire Department, Lee Swanson, said.

The vibrator in question has not yet been claimed by its owner.

In August, an adult vibrator caused mass panic after being mistaken for a bomb, according to officials in Russia. Police said that the device that caused a bomb scare at a post office turned out to be an adult toy.

The police department of the Kirov region said that the post office was evacuated on Friday, after the discovery of the package that made strange noises.

Investigators went after the sender to ensure that the object was not a bomb. The sender told police that the package contained a vibrating toy, which she wanted to take along for her trip, but without packing it in her luggage.

Police said that no charges were filed.