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According to detectives, the sanitation supervisor, Bill Hamas, 52, spotted the first airplane and bag on the northeast corner of Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Hamas removed the items from the pole and threw them in a nearby trash can.
"He thought nothing of it at the time," Colarulo said.
As Hamas walked east on Filbert Street, he spotted a second plastic bag and paper plane taped to a pole near Juniper Street. Hamas and another Center City District worker, James Webb, 39, became suspicious and alerted a nearby police traffic officer handling the flow around City Hall. That officer retrieved the bag, cassette and paper airplane from the trash and then guarded the Filbert Street find, which was still attached to the pole.
Originally posted by marg6043
Somebody is playing a prank, probably teens, school is out so I guess is nothing else to do but play some trick on publics mind.
[Edited on 4-6-2004 by marg6043]
Originally posted by nativeokie
It seems odd that a terror group would do this, normally they like to jump up after the fact and take credit.
[Edited on 6/4/2004 by nativeokie]
Originally posted by TheCatalyst
I highly doubt someone is playing a prank. If you read the CBS article it said that "The officer played one tape in his patrol car and says it contained "a Middle Eastern language." He immediately notified higher-ups. " I believe there is a deeper message with the paper airplanes taped onto poles pointing to an audio cassette. What can it mean, though?
Originally posted by ShiftTrio
A little much on the over drama dz =)
Police said the language sounds like a dialect that might be used in Africa. Investigators said some University of Pennsylvania professors listened to them without being able to pinpoint the country or translate the words.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
That doesn't give people much confidence in their investigative abilities.