Jan. 31, 2007 — -- As many as nine suspicious packages found throughout the Boston area were part of a marketing campaign for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim program, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," according to Turner Broadcasting.
A statement from the company indicates that it is in talks with law enforcement officials to diffuse the situation.
"The 'packages' in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger," said the statement from Shirley Powell, senior vice president of corporate communications for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
"They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim's animated television show 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force.' They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards. We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger."
The packages were discovered near bridges and several other locations and resulted in the closing of main roads and part of the Charles River.