Smart Guy, Huh? Canadian Teen Busted With Bomb-Shaped Alarm Clock

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Teenagers test limits. That’s what they do. But a Canadian teen has learned the hard way that airport security is no joke – and no place for a prank.

The 15 yr. old Ontarian was attempting to travel to YVR from YYZ when screeners spotted something in his carry-on bag that looked very much like a bomb. It was supposed to because it’s a prank product – an alarm clock designed to resemble a bundle of dynamite sticks, with timer, wires and all. Wile E. Coyote would love it.

"The explosive disposal unit attended and they deemed the item was not real," said Peel Regional police spokesman George Tudos. "However, it still caused a 2 hr. delay at the airport and he was charged with 'mischief.' I guess it was bad judgement on behalf of that party to think it would be okay to travel to an international airport with that device." (We guess he’s right, and what self-respecting teenager would carry an alarm clock in this day and age anyway?)

"The moral of the story is to make sure the items you pack are allowed on a plane. I mean, what did he think was going to happen if he packed something like this?" Tudos added.

The teen is due to appear in court in October.

The alarm clock looks very similar to items sold by Minneapolis based Nootropic Design. The company has a
disclaimer posted on its website: "Dear pranksters, this kind of device can make people freak out and call the authorities. So don't bring this to school or to work, and certainly don't bring it anywhere near an airport!" Right. Maybe the teen didn’t read that far.

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