BANGOR – Police say three men purchased subsidized, energy-efficient light bulbs in Maine with the bright idea of selling them for a profit in Chicago.

Bangor police responded Tuesday evening to reports of a rented box truck parked outside the federal courthouse. Police brought in bomb-sniffing and drug-sniffing dogs because of concerns of terrorism or illegal activity but it turns the truck was simply full of light bulbs – stacked on pallets.

Police Sgt. Tim Cotton told WZON-AM that the men bought lights subsidized by Efficiency Maine with plans to resell them, but no crime was committed.

Michael Stoddard of Efficiency Maine says there’s been only one other case of someone exceeding the 12-item limit on the bulbs. He says stores that exceed the limit won’t be reimbursed.

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