Published September 25, 2008
PHILADELPHIA – Authorities evacuated the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark hours before Wednesday night's game after a suspicious package was found outside the stadium — a package of hot dogs.
Police were called to Citizens Bank Park after nobody could figure out what to make of three items heavily wrapped in white packaging and duct tape outside the ballpark.
So, hours before the Phillies were to take the field for their game against the Atlanta Braves, the bomb squad showed up to detonate the three packages, which turned out to be hot dogs that were used for a commercial photo shoot.
The wrapping that made them so suspicious was so the team mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, could fire them from a hot-dog launcher.
Team vice president Michael Stiles says Phillies employees aren't bomb experts, so it made sense to call the police.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.