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Police try to ketchup with culprit, relish the thought of making an arrest, but investigation doesn't cut the mustard

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Hot dogs cause bomb scare outside Phillies baseball stadium PHILADELPHIA — After a bomb scare at the Philadelphia Phillies’ ballpark, authorities pointed the finger at a fuzzy green suspect — The Phillie Phanatic.phanatic.jpg Hours before the Phillies-Atlanta Braves’ game last night, a film crew shot a commercial of the mascot shooting heavily wrapped hot dogs from a launcher.But someone inadvertently left three of the duct taped hot dogs outside the ballpark, sparking security fears. Stadium employees were evacuated and the bomb squad was called in.Only after the packages were blown up did authorities realize they’d just exploded some sausages.“We saw something that looked suspicious,” said Michael Stiles, Phillies senior vice-president, administration and operations. “We did the right thing. It turned out to be nothing. We could have gone over and picked it up and thrown it in the trash and been done with it. But if we had been wrong, somebody might have lost an arm.”After the detonation, the game went on as scheduled.untitled.bmp “I’d rather them blow up some hot dogs or some ketchup and mustard and relish than have it be a real bomb,” reliever Chad Durbin said. “Better safe than sorry.”

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Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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