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Gym Evacuates After Wi-Fi Name ‘Remote Detonator’ Sets Off Bomb Threat Protocol


A Planet Fitness gym in Michigan had a scare over the weekend after a suspicious Wi-Fi name prompted a bomb threat evacuation.

The Saginaw Township Planet Fitness evacuated staff and members Sunday night after a patron noticed the Wi-Fi name “remote detonator” and notified the gym’s manager, reports MLive.

The manager called the Michigan State Police who brought a bomb-sniffing dog to sweep the premises.

The gym was closed down for three hours as management and local authorities followed bomb threat protocol.

The Planet Fitness eventually reopened after it was discovered that “remote detonator” was just a Wi-Fi network name and nothing more.

As to whether the person who named his Wi-Fi network as such faced any punishment, Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl said it’s protected free speech.

"Everything is perfectly legal from a police standpoint," Pussehl said. "There was no crime or threat. No call saying there was a bomb."

Pussehl added that it’s not uncommon for people to have odd names for their Wi-Fi networks. He told MLive that on his street, there's one called "FBI surveillance van."

It makes a person wonder how common these types of false alarms can be.

(Cover Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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