On Sunday, a Planet Fitness in Saginaw Township, Michigan, was evacuated after a gym patron decided to stop working out and hop online, only to find “remote detonator” among the list of available Wi-Fi networks.
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The Planet Fitness was closed for about three hours while a Michigan State Police bomb-sniffing dog was brought in to search for potential explosives, according to the Saginaw News. In the end, none were discovered (because, duh). Still, better safe than sorry, I guess.
As for the legality in the US of naming your Wi-Fi network anything from “remote detonator” to “Samsung Galaxy Note7” – even if the culprit showed up waving his router in the air – authorities would be hard-pressed to charge him with a crime.
According to Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl, the incident falls under protected speech. “Everything is perfectly legal from a police standpoint,” Pussehl told the Saginaw News. “There was no crime or threat. No call saying there was a bomb.” While the gym did open a few hours later, the fact that it was closed thanks to some idiot’s lame joke involving SSIDs and fear-mongering is not a great sign for humanity in general.
Here’s a helpful tip next time you search for a Wi-Fi signal in some unfamiliar locale, such as an airport or gym: If you see a vaguely threatening network name, you’re probably not in danger.