Philadelphia police arrest man over Liberty Bell threat
January 26th, 2013
06:20 PM ET

Philadelphia police arrest man over Liberty Bell threat

Police arrested a man Saturday for threatening to blow up Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell, according to police.

The unidentified man apparently left two black backpacks in front of the Liberty Wheels wheelchair and scooter rental shop in downtown Philadelphia.

Police said a bomb squad was called in and secured the scene but found that the bags did not contain explosives.

"I have no idea why" the man did this, police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said.

The bell is considered an iconic monument to American independence.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    What a disgusting maniac he would have to be to threaten to damage the Liberty Bell!

    January 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Oh well. It's just a thing. Better than blowing up people.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Which people?

      January 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Any people. Just observing that landmarks are a better target for terrorism than humans.

      "A person's a person, no matter how small."

      January 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Are you really BOMBO?
      You used to know when I was joking.

      January 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      .Don't worry JIF, I was just joking too, as demonstrated by the Dr Seuss quote.

      January 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Mental illness is more wide spread then actually is, please leave the sabbath alone

    January 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      OK, the sabbath may be as alone as Garbo.
      So which day do you want me not to text or answer the phone: Saturday or Sunday?
      What about Friday?

      January 27, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ Jif, no that isnt BOMBO.

    January 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Why do you say that?

      January 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sokman

    Really cnn? You block my posts relating to the blog, allow people to argue about whether or not they're true christians? Unbelievable

    January 27, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. lezbi420

    Does anyone think this sounds like an episode of always sunny in philadelphia?

    January 27, 2013 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. the prophet


    January 27, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. the prophet

    @jif lol love you

    January 27, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    A real wacko indeed. Perhaps in his twisted frame of mind he couldn't stand the sight of these iconic symbols standing for Liberty, Freedom , Justice & Equality for all. What a crazy fellow.
    Good morning all.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Obama stands for oppressive government, overtaxation, punishing success and massive debt so why have a liberty bell?

      January 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |