If the Boston public officials responsible for public safety can’t differentiate between a Lite-Brite based marketing technique and terrorist devices, how can we expect them to differentiate between any legitimate terrorist threat and it’s comically dissimilar visual analog? The short answer is you can’t, and that more of this type of overreaction is going to continue to be the norm. If Boston has anything to be thankful about, it’s that no one was summarily executed during the process of putting these ads in place. Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian national gunned down in London for the crime of not understanding English would have been so lucky.
For those unfamiliar with the general idea of LED throwies (which I have to assume this ad campaign is an outgrowth of), see Graffiti Research and their video of young terrorists at work.
An amusing aside, Fantent points out how the wire services think a Mooninite middle finger is not just an explosive danger, but a moral one as well.