It was supposed to be a fun and exciting run at the Pittsburgh Marathon last Sunday morning, but tensions mount when there was a bomb scare that briefly stopped the event.
Packed in a microwave oven, the suspected bombed sitting on a sidewalk next to the Greyhound bus station was spotted by local police and identified with components similar to a bomb. And since the parts checked seemed to be the ‘real thing’, cops immediately cleared the area for 10-12 minutes with the use of a robotic machine to disable the device after race leaders have finished the course.
“At this point, we believe it was not an actual explosive device, but we are still evaluating the microwave and its contents,” said Lt. Kevin Kraus. He added that surveillance cameras in the area were being examined to try to find out who put the device there.
With the rain pouring throughout the event, Kipyegon Kirui of Kenya won the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 12 seconds while Alena Vinitskaya of Belarus won the women’s race with 2:42.33.
Police are now investigating if it has any connections with last Saturday’s car-bomb scare at New York’s Time Square where thousands of tourists and pedestrians were cleared off for 10 hours.