Hot dogs trigger ball park bomb scare - Philadelphia News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - September 25, 2008

Nobody knew just what to make of three items heavily wrapped in white packaging and duct tape outside the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark.

So, a few hours before Wednesday night's game, someone called the police as a precaution.

The bomb squad showed up to detonate the three packages. Turns out they contained hot dogs.

The wrapping that made them so suspicious was so the team mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, could fire them from a hot-dog launcher.

The franks has been left behind inadvertently after a commercial photo shoot for the hot-dog maker.

Team vice president Michael Stiles says Phillies employees aren't bomb experts, so it made sense to call the police.

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