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Mario-themed box appears on an Arizona street, prompting bomb squad inquiry

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A mysterious box familiar to players of Nintendo's Super Mario games appeared on a residential street in Tempe, Ariz. last week, prompting local police and fire officials to cordon off the area as they searched the package.

Residents of the area discovered the box (pictured above) and contacted local authorities, who sent fire and police officers — including a bomb squad — to the scene to investigate. Inside the gold box, which was decorated with white question marks like those found in Mario games, bomb technicians found "miscellaneous papers" but no threat, according to a report from ABC 15.

According to a resident, the heightened sense of caution stemmed from the recent bombings during the Boston Marathon.

"I thought it was a prank," a local resident told ABC 15. "You know, a college town like this, I don't think something like that would happen, but you never know at the same time. But just with the things going on in Boston. And I'm from back East, also, so I was like, 'This is crazy. People are nuts. I don't know.'"

A similar situation involving Mario-themed "suspicious packages" took place in Ohio in 2006, as Joystiq reported at the time.