New Comedy Mocks Pizza Bomb Case

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — In August 2003, Brian Wells of Erie went to deliver a pizza , was taken hostage, and forced to rob a bank with a live collar bomb strapped around his neck. While it was later determined that Wells was in on the plan, he allegedly didn’t know the bomb was real, and was killed when the bomb went off during a police standoff — and it happened on live TV.

Now, it appears that a new movie is making light of the case.

The new movie, “30 Minutes or Less,” is a buddy comedy about a pizza boy who is captured by two crooks who strap a bomb on him and force him to rob a bank or get blown up.

While this premise might be funny to some, others say this movie mocks a terrible chapter in Erie history that ended horribly.

Erie FBI investigator Jerry Clark stood just 30-feet away when the real bomb went off, and he’s writing a book about the event with Erie Times-News writer Ed Palatella. They tell KDKA-AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway that they can’t believe anyone would make a comedy about a horrific real-life tragedy.

“I just find it hard to make the link between comedy and what happened that day,” said Clark.

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  • jenn

    the world is upside down that’s why…. no compassion or empathy….

  • johnny69

    People will do ANYTHING for money. Just ask the lawyers, real estate/car salespeople, politicians, CEO’s/management from any company or people who don’t work and collect welfare. Osama targeted innocent working Americans when he could have targeted ALL of these “home grown American” terrorists.

  • kaylee

    wouldn’t ya like to strap a live bomb around the necks of the idiots who thought up this movie and find humor in it….

  • homer

    If a banker walked into a pizza shop with a bomb around his neck……all the pizza guys would say ” gotta match”

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