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Delivery man charged after 'bomb' comment causes evacuation

Published January 25, 2012 6:07 pm

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A FedEx driver who allegedly said a package was "probably a bomb" as he delivered it to an Army base is now facing a felony terrorism threat charge.

Military police evacuated 215 people from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trailer at 17800 South Camp Williams Road and the surrounding area after an employee overheard the comment, according to charges filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court.

In happened on Sept. 20, when a woman asked the 27-year-old Salt Lake City delivery man what was in the package addressed to an Army Corps of Engineers employee.

He replied: "It's probably a bomb," prosecutors wrote. The delivery man later told police he made the comment "by mistake," according to charging documents.

The delivery man was charged Wednesday with one count of threat of terrorism, a third-degree felony.

Lindsay Whitehurst

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