A project manager and director for Swedish Television had parts of Copenhagen locked down for three hours on August 6, when his electric car invention scared passersby in an underground parking lot into thinking it was a bomb, Perth Now reports. Copper pipes and wire poking out from underneath a car and other odd equipment caused the panic, but a bomb squad cleared the car after realizing it was some kind of scientific experiment.

The inventor, Dan Zethraeus, reportedly confirmed that the crude device is, in fact, part of an experiment to develop a new way to power electric cars directly from the road. He didn't give any other details on the device, citing his lack of a patent for the technology.

The scare happened when Zethraeus was on vacation in the Danish capital – he had decided to travel without removing the suspicious equipment. In the future, he says, he will remove the equipment before embarking on road trips. Sounds like a pretty good idea, no?


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      DarylMc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perth Now was the source? An Australian, News Limited media outlet has the scoops from Sweden? It's my second whinge for the day but ABG ought to be ashamed of this content.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DarylMc
        Copenhagen is in Denmark the last time I checked. Although it did involve a Swede.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Thanks for the correction Ryan. I was too busy having a meltdown about why a News Limited outlet from West Australia was the news source for a bomb scare involving an electric vehicle on the other ide of the world.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          other side
      John Riecke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's shameful that the world has come to a point that the slightest deviation from the expected results in a panic response. Science and development of new technologies will obviously be affected by our paranoia.
        Astutent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Riecke
        To be fair though, if you were to park your car, come back, and find a strange electrical device coming from the bottom of your car wouldn't you be a little skeptical?
          Naturenut99
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Astutent
          That would be true if it was attached to someone else's car. Then they came back to find their car altered. But it wasn't their car. That said with the heightened alert lately it's not unreasonable to report something that looks like it could be a bomb.
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 1 Year Ago
      The stupid... it burns...
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The worst embarrassment for Dan Zethraeus, who is a respected inventor and television director, would not be the Copenhagen bomb squad surrounding his car, but the realization that numerous internet users would form the erroneous belief that he is another Scandinavian, with a similar name. Of course he can take comfort from the knowledge that the real Dan/Giza will never build anything that could travel outside his bedroom at his mom's, but it must be galling for DF/Giza to see a real inventor stealing the limelight ! I see DF/Giza, has now posted a comment as an authority on the construction of bombs. I hope this doesn't represent a new obsession the little troll.....
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
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          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ DF/Giza Tsk, tsk, tsk, DF/Giza, if you spend your life posting gratuitously offensive, ego-maniacal comments about everyone, you must expect to become the butt of humour, (no matter how mild). To receive respect, you must give respect to others. Try practicing the old 'Golden Rule' , then see how others respond. (You may even make some real friends).
          • 1 Year Ago
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          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ DF/Giza Plateau Perhaps you should study the thoughts of St Paul : “When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person's life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.” Or, the the observations of the Reverend John Edwards; “The deceitfulness of the heart of man appears in no one thing so much as this of spiritual pride and self-righteousness. The subtlety of Satan appears in its height, in his managing persons with respect to this sin." Or even, " Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass " 1 Corinthians 13:1
          bluepongo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          Sad when the pot & kettle argue whose darker ... BTW when you two have your respective black Kool-Aid parties I'll pass on the invite. :-P
      vtmilitia
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like liberal's are scared of progress.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vtmilitia
        A conservative doesn't know what progress means
      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      No picture of said charger ?....C'mon !
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rkeeeballs
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      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can only imagine what the reaction would be to Doc Brown's time machine! Heavy!
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Randy
        Considering the stolen plutonium in it, I'd say the reaction would be pretty severe.
      sameerr
      • 1 Year Ago
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      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      The whole world is paranoid.
        limyrydr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RC
        just because you are paranoid doesn't mean "they" are NOT really out to get you...
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://news.discovery.com/autos/transportation-infrastructure/conductive-concrete-electrifies-infrastructure-130807.htm
      savannahswithgod
      • 1 Year Ago
      These electric car makers need to put a playing card and clothespin on the spokes of the electric cars. Silent Christine's they are when running. Dangerous if walking or on a bike.
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