Photographer’s gear gets blown up by the bomb squad

Aug 17, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Photographer’s gear gets blown up by the bomb squad

Aug 17, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If you ever need a good reason to not leave your baggage unattended, this is it. After a “hard black box” was found on the steps of City Hall in Kansas City, what happened next seems obvious. The suspicious package was reported to the police, who promptly came and blew it up.

KSHB reports that police were called to the scene around 4:30am on Monday after the package was discovered. Upon arrival, the street was cordoned off, and people directed to leave the area.

From the description of “hard black box”, we can assume that it’s probably a certain brand of hard case known for durability and toughness. A ubiquitous style of case amongst photographers, but they can seem quite out of place to the general public.

Local reporters started taking to Twitter to warn locals that streets had been closed and to avoid coming nearby. KSHB showed a map of the affected streets, to help those travelling in the early hours.

After sending out the robot to investigate, the bomb squad kitted up to go and check it out for themselves.

A few minutes later, the package had been detonated.

The police sent out an email notice.

The Kansas City Star reports that in a statement put out by Kansas City police that security guards found the “hard black box” about 3:40am. It was detonated in a controlled explosion at around 6:30am. This is when it was discovered that the contents were a tripod and camera equipment.

Aside from the mayhem that ensued, I can’t understand how a photographer can leave their kit out so late. In the middle of a busy day with people rushing all around and you’re behind schedule, yeah, maybe. But at 3:30am?

Nobody has yet come forth to claim the remains of the case. No doubt, however, if any of the camera’s details are intact, a serial number may help to determine the owner. It still seems odd, though, that somebody would abandon a case containing camera gear on the streets so late.

But, let this be a warning to you all. Don’t leave your baggage unattended. Make sure all your gear is packed up and removed at the end of a shoot. It may only get confiscated, or it may get blown sky high.

What do you think? In the event that they find the owner, should they be prosecuted for wasting police time and resources? Should the owner’s insurance have to replace the equipment? Let us know in the comments.

[via KSHB]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Photographer’s gear gets blown up by the bomb squad”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Wasn’t it the KC bomb squad that blew up a stuffed toy found by the side of the road because of a wire protruding from it? …And then realized it was just a $250 animatronic plush.

  2. Glen Berry Avatar
    Glen Berry

    “In the event that they find the owner, should they be prosecuted for wasting police time and resources?”

    No. It wasn’t the owner of the camera gear who made the decision to waste all that time, money, and resources on blowing up a completely harmless and non-threatening package. That was the government’s decision and mistake. Let them bear the expense and take the blame.

  3. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Given today’s age of small IUD’s I can see why they would take precautions. But I think a simply robot with an xray machine on it could have solved the problem quicker and with less drama.