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Friday, February 23, 2007

Tufts-NEMC workers suspended for fake pipe bomb

Two workers at Tufts-New England Medical Center allegedly planted a fake pipe bomb in an office the same day that Boston was panicked by a Cartoon Network marketing ploy.

The stunt sparked a 45-minute evacuation of the first floor of one building and other offices nearby, including an on-site day-care center but no patient-care areas, Brooke Tyson Hynes, vice president of public affairs and communications at Tufts-NEMC, said today.

The Boston Police Department bomb squad, called by Tufts-NEMC security, determined the device was not active. No charges against the two employees have been filed. The prank was first reported in this morning's Boston Herald.

The employees have been suspended without pay for two weeks, Hynes said.

"The fake device found here was part of an inappropriate, but not malicious, prank between friendly coworkers," Hynes said. "This type of behavior is not acceptable here."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 12:01 PM
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