Bomb ‘Misunderstanding’ In Millennium Park Cost City Thousands

CHICAGO (CBS) — The huge police response at Millennium Park last weekend for what was first thought to be a bomb, but was not, cost the city thousands of dollars.

Now, as WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, the city might try to get its money back.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

The object that cleared part of Millennium Park this past Saturday night was not a bomb, of course. The teenager from the Old Town neighborhood who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct told Newsradio 780 it was a “little doohickey” with wires he had made to go with a costume he had worn for a cosplay event.

Now Jennifer Hoyle, spokeswoman for the city law department, says departments that responded Saturday night are totaling the cost of that response.

And then, she says, “The law department will work with them to determine what legal action is appropriate.”

Hoyle says it is the city’s practice to file a cost recovery action in cases like this.

The device, which had batteries and wires coming out of it, was found near the Cloud Gate sculpture, better known as “The Bean” in Millennium Park. Part of the park, including the Park Grill, was evacuated at the busy hour of 5:30 p.m.

But the object turned out to be two bricks wrapped in duct tape.

The teen, Emmett DeFrisco of the 1600 block of North Vine Street, said he was taking part in Soycon, billed as the largest cosplay gathering in the Midwest.

“Me and my friends were coming back from an activity where we dress up and act as our favorite characters, and I was dressed up as a Doctor Who character. It’s a BBC show,” he said.

It’s not clear how much the city could recover in this case, since DeFrisco is only 18.

  • dan


    Probably thought it was funny when that little doohickey caused such a big fuss

    Bet he aint laughing now……

  • Bill Sola

    This guy obviously had no criminal intent at all. The police over reacted. After all, how often does a bomb explode in a public place in the US. It just doesn’t happen. People need to stop living in fear, that is exactly what the Islamic extremists want.

  • jim

    True Bill but there is the common sense factor-like it’s not a good idea to yell fire in a crowded theater or joke about having a bomb in your suitcase in an airport

  • ChicagoCitizen

    I wonder how they come up with these numbers. Weren’t all the officers already on duty? Or did they call in off duty cops and payed them overtime?

  • Nancy J

    Kudos to the Chicago police. Bill Sola, they did NOT overreact as you say, the dopey kid had no business whatsoever bringing something of that nature to a jam-packed public park. Did you see the package? It actually looked like an explosive and if the police had not reacted and it WAS a bomb, and YOU were in the park, maybe you be missing a limb, or worse, your life. Stupid people, and that includes kids, have no business setting something down in a huge, public area that may be mistaken for something dangerous. I hope the kid has to forfeit his parents hard saved money for a college education to repay the tab to the city for totally messing things up.

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