A Bank of America employee misinterpreted a faulty fax about a bank promotion as a bomb threat Wednesday, leading authorities to evacuate more than a dozen neighboring businesses.

The fax from a marketing group about a Bank of America small business promotion contained images of a lighted match and a bomb with a fuse, bank spokesman Ernesto Anguilla said. But words explaining the promotion did not transmit.

“The fax machine malfunctioned, so a partial image came through that looked somewhat suspicious,” Anguilla said.

Authorities eventually learned from Bank of America security officials that it was a false alarm.

I wonder who got to tell the coppers it was a false alarm? Some towns have pretty sticky regulations about calling out the troops – by mistake.



  1. tallwookie says:

    haha i bet the “lighted match” and “bomb w/ a fuse” images were from ms office… blame microsoft, not the idiot who misinterpreted them

  2. sirfelix says:

    Since when does a drawing of a bomb replace a good ole’ fashioned telephoned threat? Are faxes next on the list of banned freedoms?

  3. Mr. Fusion says:

    Considering that faxes carry the sending telephone number AT THE TOP of the page, it shouldn’t have taken long to trace the fax, The fearless terrorists fighters though would much prefer to engage a high publicity evacuation to show they are working for America’s insecurity.

    PEOPLE IN HOMELAND SECURITY, PLEASE TAKE NOTE, terrorists don’t advertise where their bombs are or where they will strike. If someone wants to inflict the most damage they would try to do it whenever as many unsuspecting civilians as possible are around.

  4. Mark Derail says:

    Duh people – it’s Boston.
    (Ashland is quite close)

    You know, the ones that ground to a halt an entire city to destroy battery operated lite-brites.


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