Fake Explosives May Lead To Real Charges

WRIGHT CITY, Mo. (AP)- A Missouri man didn’t really booby-trap his pickup truck with explosives, but he pretended to, so he could face charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the man had what appeared to be a grenade hanging from the rear view mirror of his Ford Ranger, and a fake stick of dynamite rigged to the cigarette lighter all to ensure the truck wasn’t stolen.

But the fake explosives alarmed neighbors and caused the evacuation of an apartment complex in Wright City on Saturday. It also prompted a response from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI and other agencies.

The suspect told the newspaper he believes medication for depression and other illnesses caused him to over-react to comments neighbors had made about borrowing his truck.

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