Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/30/suspect_device/
Bomb squad disables suspect sex toy
Explosive climax to Post Office scare
Here's a top tip for those of you thinking of sending battery-operated sex toys via the Royal Mail: take out the power source before popping the package in the post, or you might enjoy a more explosive climax than anticipated.
This piece of advice comes via the BBC, which reports that Post Office staff in Hasland, Chesterfield, alerted the bomb squad after detecting a suspiciously-noisy parcel. The street was duly sealed off for an hour and a half during which the chaps disabled the offending device in a controlled explosion.
The source of the scare was subsequently found to be a vibrator, provocatively packed with a packet of chocolate buttons. A police spokesman said: "Officers had no way of knowing what was inside the package. But it gave us a giggle. They had to act on the information available and had to do what they thought was right. Thankfully, it was nothing more serious." ®
Ta very much to Luke Dutton for the heads-up.