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By Mac Daniel and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
Turner Broadcasting acknowledged late this afternoon that the suspicious packages that ignited fears of bombs across Boston today were magnetic lights that were part of an outdoor marketing campaign for an adult cartoon.
Turner was promoting Adult Swim's animated television show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" in Boston and nine other cities, according to a statement e-mailed by Shirley Powell, a company spokeswoman.
"Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards," the state an e-mail statement said. "We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger."
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" airs late at night and includes animated characters that are depicted as fast food products, including a ball of ground meat, French fries, and a milkshake.
Turner Broadcasting did not provide a detailed description of the magnetic lights that had been placed on bridges and other infrastructure across the city. The statement said the objects had been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.
Eight of the electronic, flashing devices were mistaken for bombs today in Boston and another sparked fear in Somerville, according to Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis. The objects were found on a girder under Interstate 93, on the Longfellow and BU bridges, in Allston, near the New England Medical Center, and in more crowded public places.
City and state officials tried to quell fears today at a press conference at about the time Turner Broadcasting took responsibility for the publicity stunt. Boston Mayor Thomas promised to prosecute those responsible for what was described at the time as a hoax.
"This is not playing around," said Menino, who added that each individual scare could be punishable by two to three years in prison.
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