The Strange Intersection of Marathons, Cooking Appliances and Explosives

You are to be forgiven if you think that the Boston Marathon was America’s first experience with an explosion during a major road race involving a cooking appliance, but an incident at the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon – though humorous – is a welcome reminder that our police officers are a naturally cautious group, and thank God for it.

Back then, an officer noticed a small microwave oven near the finish line of the marathon – a rather unusual find, you’ll admit. The contents looked suspicious through the microwave’s tiny window, so the area was cordoned off and a bomb disposal robot brought in.

The bomb squad blew up the microwave, only to discover it was filled with ravioli.

Marathon runners were diverted around the block and few of them had any inkling of the incident until contacted by the media afterward.