Child's 'Futurama' Project Triggers Emergency, Closes Down Trains (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A child's school project based on the robot character Bender from the TV series "Futurama" closed down the Metro-North and Amtrak trains in Fairfield, Conn., and surrounding areas early this morning.

The wooden project was found this morning by a public works crew, who called police (video below).

“Bomb dog and his handler came up and they determined it was strange enough to them that they didn’t want to approach it,” Fairfield Police Department Chief Gary MacNamara told News 8. “Once that occurs we really have to call in the bomb squad so they can X-ray it.”

Commuters had to wait about three hours while the bomb squad determined what the Futurama character was.

“It had an antenna on top like from a building, and sort of looked like the Empire State Building,” Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez told the New York Daily News. “People were hesitant to get close to it. To have a facsimile of the Empire State Building on a bridge on a Friday, it could be something sinister.”

Oddly, the police department made no mention of Bender or "Futurama."

Sources: New York Daily News and News 8