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Briefcase Left On SEPTA Train Blown To Bits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A briefcase was blown to pieces after it was left behind on a SEPTA regional rail train last night.

An unattended briefcase was discovered by a SEPTA crew on the Lansdale line at about 9:30. SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern says the crew alerted authorities who came to investigate the suspicious package.

“SEPTA and Lansdale Police officers responded to the scene. They removed the case from the train and determined that there was nothing harmful, no explosive devices.” But they blow it up anyway. Redfern says it was done as a precaution.

The entire incident took about an hour to resolve and caused come minor delays.

Reported by Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • TJ

    Oh man where is my bag….??? The truth behind Area 51 was inside

  • Barak Obama

    Hey has anyone seen my briefcase? I left it on the train the other day. It had my final plans for fixing the economy. My dog ate my last plan. If you find the briefcase could you send it to me at the White House?

  • pat


  • Dr. Deathproof

    And if the train was blown up by a suitcase bomb all of you would be condemning the cops for not doing their jobs. Talk about not having enough to do… you people leaving these comments clearly have too much free time.

    For those ignorant people who think this is a current trend, I had a gym bag with a bunch of CD’s in it stolen from my car and the thief left it in a public place. The police detonated it to make sure it wasn’t a bomb. Here’s a quiz: Did that incident happen:

    a. last week
    b. last month
    c. last year
    d. 13 years ago, pre-9/11

    If you answered “D” – you are correct. They detonated my stolen bag in 1998. And I’m glad they did. Can you imagine if some nutjob planted a bomb in it?

    It’s a practice that has been in place since before 9/11. So keep an eye on your own valuables and stop complaining like a bunch of babies.

    • itz

      determined that there was nothing harmful, no explosive devices.” But they blow it up anyway.

  • stevchipmunk

    It’s not about over-reacting. And it’s not about stupidity. And it’s not about having not enough to do.

    It’s ALL these things, tied up in a neat package. With colorful ribbon and a bow.

  • KG

    Just another consequence stemming from “out of an abundance of caution”.

  • itz

    And after the boom they all had cake, ice cream and a beer. Was anybody else invited to this party?

  • DaveNYUSA

    Think maybe it is time to get rid of all these idiots cops?

  • Observer

    I hope Lansdale residence enjoy paying higher city property taxes for wasted municipal resources!

  • MaMa

    I agree. Talk about being ridiculous. More traning maybe?????

  • Anonymous

    Seriously. They blew it up? That case could have had someone’s very important papers in it. If they had exhausted all of the procedures to ensure that it was no threat, then, it should have been turned in to the Lost and Found. Someone would probably have wanted to claim it.

  • Philly

    They used it as practice that’s all. But seriously just goes to show you how ignorant the police can be. They could have sent it to lost n found. Like you never lost something

  • Norma grant

    What was blow up able.????????What the containts of the case//

  • kay

    Wow – talk about over-reacting. Honestly, are we that paranoid? If it was found to not contain explosives, couldn’t they just have held it in the lost & found?

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