Bizarre chained suitcase sparks worries, no bomb
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- An unattended suitcase with a helmet on top of it was found chained to a streetlamp in front of a Taipei Railway Station entrance yesterday.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Taipei City Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) said that after examining the suitcase, it was determined that it did not contain any explosives.
Officials of the PSLO said they received a report from a Taipei citizen yesterday, and immediately dispatched officials along with police officers to examine and open the suitcase. He cited the concerned citizen as saying that the suitcase had been chained to the streetlamp pole for at least two days.
The PSLO said based on the initial investigation, the suitcase was likely “deposited” by a homeless person, though it does not rule out the possibility that a citizen was in a hurry and therefore chained the suitcase for a few days.
The Taipei City Government said currently there is no relevant law to regulate any unattended items left in public areas, therefore, as long as no explosives are discovered, the city government can only list the item as lost property.
The Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it does not deem the suitcase as a disposal as it contains personal belongings, therefore, the DEP cannot fine the owner of the suitcase under the Waste Disposal Act.
The PSLO said the police department will make an announcement for the owner to claim the item.
The citizen who reported the incident to the Taipei City Government was quoted by the United Evening News as saying that he had noticed the suitcase for the past two days. He said when he reported to the city government, his call was transferred between the PSLO and the DEP for a while, noting that it seems the government was uncertain about the jurisdiction between departments.