Boston Police investigating pair of suspicious devices found

Suspicious tins possibly linked to marketing campaign prompt police response

BOSTON — A possible marketing campaign caused a mixture of panic and joy in two communities on Saturday.

Tins with the message "Open Me" were found in Boston and Cambridge prompting some to be concerned and others to open them up to find a surprise.

One was found in Allston on North Harvard Street by Jonathan Gladstone, he found a $10 bill and a message inside.

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But someone else found one near the Charlestown Navy Yard and felt it was suspicious, so they called police. The bomb squad disposed of it.

Shortly after, another was found on beacon street prompting another response from the bomb squad. Police say there is still no way to tell if they were left maliciously because it's not clear where they are from.

"You can never be too careful," said Chris Marrs of College Station, Texas. "So you know the more people that can get their face up and be aware of their surroundings […] that's the best we can do these days."

Late Saturday afternoon one was also found in Cambridge near Harvard on Memorial Drive.

It's not the first time a marketing campaign has brought out the Boston Police Bomb Squad. In 2007, battery-powered LED placards depicting a character from the cartoon network series 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' were placed throughout the city and Somerville and Cambridge.

They were initially mistaken for explosives, causing a lockdown.

This time around things were back to normal shortly after. But ever since the Boston Marathon bombings, people we spoke with say they support erring on the side of caution.

"It's somewhat insensitive and sort of a naïve marketing tactic considering how the country has reacted to some horrible events that have occurred," said Katherine Hecht of Ventura, Calif. "I would much rather them overreact than underreact in that type of situation."

We ran a search on the logo on the tin to see if any companies matched, but nothing came up.

Police are still encouraging anyone who finds one to give them a call.