Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yekaterinburg student in custody for college bomb threat prank

A student at the Urals College of Technology and Entrepreneurship was arrested on Sunday for emailing the college's director a bomb threat that resulted in the evacuation of 600 students and faculty members.

The college's director received the email at approximately 9 a.m. local time on Sunday. The message claimed that more than 880 pounds of explosives had been placed underneath a building at the school's campus, the Moscow Times reports.

In the email, the student threatened to detonate the explosives unless he was given $1 million. When apprehended, the student allegedly told police that the email was intended as a joke.

Police, however, deployed explosives specialists and canine units to conduct a search of the college, according to the Moscow Times.