February 19, 2009

Punk band sticker causes bomb scare

Traffic was shut down at a portion of Memphis International Airport after police confused a sticker for punk band This Bike is a Pipe Bomb for a real threat.

An airport police officer spotted a bike bearing the sticker outside of the airport's Terminal C Monday night and the owner of the bicycle was detained and searched by authorities before being released, the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal reported Thursday.

Stickers for This Bike is a Pipe Bomb have caused similar incidents at Ohio University in March 2006 and in Washington in 2003.

Ryan Modee, lead singer of the band, told the News Journal he was at work when he heard about the latest incident.

I was at work and just kind of freaked out, he said. I was like 'Oh, God, not again. How could this be happening?'