BOSTON (CBS/Associated Press) – It has now been 15 years since highways, bridges, and some transit stations across Boston were closed due to a terrible panic that turned out to be nothing more than a guerrilla marketing campaign.
panic over January 31, 2007caused by artists placing about thirty lighted signs of a cartoon character named “Monenet” making an obscene gesture in and around the city.
The banners were upgrades to the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” movie. But they prompted a massive law enforcement response.
Some thought it was an overreaction and Boston was widely ridiculed. The devices were placed in nine other cities, and were hardly ever registered.
The men who placed the devices, Shawn Stevens and Peter Berdovsky, were originally tasked with putting together a hoax device, but eventually agreed to perform community service and make a public apology.
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