One of our resident lunatics threatened to blow up the Liberty Bell this weekend. Smarty McGeniuspants didn’t realize the bell is so well protected that he’d need a tactical nuke to destroy it from the outside, but hey, we’ll give the guy an “A” for effort.
Park rangers earlier Saturday morning stopped the unidentified male, who police said was threatening to blow up the Liberty Bell. The man also said he had explosives in his backpacks. Two black backpacks were found in front of the Liberty Wheels wheelchair and scooter rental shop at 714 Market Street.
A member of the Philadelphia Police Department’s bomb squad unit began investigating the backpacks. Other members of the unit arrived later. Market Street reopened to pedestrians and traffic around 11:45 a.m. The Liberty Bell remained open.
As a result, the Obama administration is crafting legislation to ban backpacks.