Ater receiving a call about a suspicious object, the Denver Police Department Bomb Squad waged an hours-long standoff with a tiny toy robot. Traffic piled up and pedestrians grew frustrated as police refused to allow anybody within 100 yards of the 8-inch-tall white plastic figurine. When the squad failed to come to a consensus on whether or not the robot was safe, they detonated it, blowing it into tiny pieces that were later swept up and removed from the scene.
Denver police spokesman Matt Murray said a citizen called police at 3:27 p.m. to report the presence of the plastic, white, toy robot, cemented to the base of a pillar supporting a footbridge near 20th and Wazee streets. Police closed 20th Street between Blake Street and Chestnut Place but did let a few people past the police tape to retrieve cars parked in nearby lots.
Nobody was allowed within about 100 yards of the robot.
"Are you serious?" asked Denver resident Justin Kent, 26, when police stopped him from proceeding down 20th Street. Kent said he lived just past the closed area but was told he would have to go around via Park Avenue.
"I can't believe it. This is ridiculous," Kent said.
Read the full story at the Denver Post.