AKRON, Ohio - Akron City Hall evacuated after strange pipe found on third floor. Workers feared it could be a bomb. They were very wrong.
Turns out the duct taped walking stick was accidentally left by a man with the last name of Kaboom. It's a bizarre story, where truth is stranger than fiction.
The stick is a metal shower curtain rod with duct tape on each side. It also has the words "this is not a weapon" and "Kaboom" written on it. Easy to see why it caused such a stir.
City workers were evacuated, but Akron police quickly found the 66-year-old who goes by the names "Natural Hunka Kaboom" or James Kaboom.
Kaboom said he mistakenly left his walking stick at city hall and planned to pick it up next week.
His neighbors call the while thing very odd, but agreed city hall couldn't take any chances.
"If you've got a pipe that says Kaboom on it, I'd be nervous too," one neighbor said.
Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said there won't be any charges at this point.
"Our officers did talk to him. They said it was a walking stick. Didn't appear there was any intent to create a panic or any hysteria at the city hall."
Kaboom wasn't around at his North Hill home to give his story, but the stick sure caused a stir.