Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/03/robo_high_noon/
Robotic High Noon in Colorado
Cops, policebot 'explosively neutralise' sinister toydroid
Denver police earlier this week demonstrated the efficiency of their killbot emergency protocol by terminating a robotic potential threat to national security.
According to TheDenverChannel, a concerned motorist raised the alarm at 3.30pm on Wednesday when he spotted a toy robot which had been "crudely" cemented to the base of a pedestrian bridge concrete support column.
Police quickly established a 100-yard cordon around the robot and called in the bomb squad to investigate the "highly unusual" presence. As rush-hour traffic piled up in adjacent streets, the unexploded bomb boys dispatched their own robot to confront the threat.
Once the copbot had carried out a photographic reconaissance, a bomb squad operative "approached the plastic toy wearing protective gear", then "attached a small explosive to it and backed away".
At 5.30pm, the toybot was explosively neutralised.
Denver Police spokesman Matt Murray admitted "there was no indication why the toy had been cemented to the pillar".
He explained that "suspicious objects do not automatically warrant a call to the bomb squad if patrol officers are able to determine that there is no threat", but that the robot "was strange enough to warrant precautionary measures".