Don’t you just hate it when the police blow up your homework? It happened in the Bay Area (Castro Valley) this week. It literally fell from the sky, and had the word “DANGEROUS” printed on the side. If that’s not suspicious, I don’t know what is.
Ok so here’s the story. The box, made out of styrofoam, literally fell from the sky. It was attached to a parachute, so it had a nice, soft landing on the sidewalk. If a giant styrofoam box falling from the sky isn’t suspicious enough, the box also had wires coming out of it. The box was ALSO making a humming noise. On top of all that, it had “DANGEROUS” on the side, like we said above. All the makings of a pretty serious scare, and I can’t blame anybody for calling the police to come handle it.
The police were equally concerned, and called out the bomb squad. The bomb squad couldn’t figure out what it was either, so they decided to blow it up. Let’s step back for a moment and look at that policy. They’re not sure if it’s a bomb, so they decide to blow it up to see if it’s a bomb. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. It turns out that the box was actually a scientific instrument. It had been attached to a weather balloon, and was being used to measure the atmosphere. The weather balloon popped, and the box fell back to earth using its parachute, as designed. Oh, and as for the word “dangerous” on the side of the box? Well, originally it said “not dangerous,” but the “not” came off during the flight somehow. That’s some slapstick comedy bit, right there. Check out the original story here.