A few years ago, at the high school I teach, we had to evacuate the school and cancel classes for a day after the state hazmat squad was called because a teacher was given white powder wrapped in composition paper. It was chalk dust, but of course the authorities suspected anthrax. WTF. Where was a high school kid going to get weaponized anthrax when they can't even bring a pen and notebook to class each day? A little common sense should have prevailed as it should have in this instance...
Angry boss walks through police cordon and grabs 'bomb' to prove it's just bag of old clothes (and is arrested under the Terrorism Act)
A businessman has been charged under the Terrorism Act after he broke through a police cordon and tipped open two suspect packages to prove they were harmless.
James Mullan ducked under police tape and emptied old clothes and shoes from bags left in Ipswich town centre after become frustrated by the lengthy wait for a bomb scare to be resolved.
Mullan, a watch repairman, was given a conditional discharge at South East Suffolk magistrates' court after his 'reckless' behaviour last month.
Police closed the market on the Cornhill in Ipswich and evacuated nearby buildings and a market after the bags were found abandoned at 2.30pm on November 17.
Mullan, of Kesgrave, Suffolk, became upset about the closure continuing while police waited for an Army bomb disposal team to arrive from Colchester, Essex.
And at 5.10pm he took the law into his own hands and dodged around police to open the bags in a council customer service centre beside the town hall.
The 62-year-old was arrested when he emerged from the office and told police that the bags were harmless.
The watch repairman said he had become frustrated by a perceived lack of police activity during the drama and wanted to resolve the situation himself.
The court heard how a number of market traders had also become frustrated because they were losing trade.
Jeremy Kendall, defending Mullan, said: 'The defendant knew from previous experience that a bomb disposal team would have to come up from Colchester and he wanted to act sooner.
'He went through the cordon and into the building and opened the bags which were full of clothes and shoes.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335611/Angry-boss-fed-delay-grabs-bag-clothes-prove-bomb--arrested.html#ixzz17C119z4s