However, according to Seattle Police, that's exactly what happened Monday morning in Fremont, when a large cardboard box near the Burke-Gilman Trail caused a few moments of uneasiness for area businesses and citizens.
Seattle Police say they received several 911 calls shortly before 10 a.m. Monday morning after two men positioned "a large cardboard box mounted on a wooden stand," underneath the Aurora Bridge. People apparently became alarmed after seeing the two men place drop off the box, which "appeared to have two red buttons or lights on the outside of it," before leaving separately - one in a car, and one on foot.
Officers responded and notified the Arson Bomb Squad. The Arson/Bomb detectives responded to the location and began their investigation. In the meantime, employees from the neighboring Adobe building left on their own, and the residents of the nearby houseboats were also asked to leave. As detectives were examining the suspicious box with their camera-mounted robot, one of the men who placed the box approached an officer who was blocking traffic on the outside of the block. It appeared that he had knowledge of the box, so he was brought to the command post where detectives spoke with him. He told police that the box was actually a school art project. It was determined that the box was harmless, and detectives were able to open it and remove the electronic device inside.
Police went on to say the man was interviewed and then released, and he took his alarming box with him - while the blocked streets were reopened to traffic.