When the Alameda County, California, sheriff's office bomb squad saw the package that had fallen from the sky into a local neighborhood, they decided they had no choice but to blow it up. The device hummed, had wires sticking out of it, and had the word "dangerous" on it. It turned out to be equipment launched by balloon to measure ozone in the upper atmosphere, and the note originally read "not dangerous," but part of it ripped off.
Start your day with Reason. Get a daily brief of the most important stories and trends every weekday morning when you subscribe to Reason Roundup.