Man arrested in stink bomb incident

June 23, 2007 at 3:18 PM

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- More than 600 people were evacuated from a New York art show after a young man and his friend attempted to set off a stink bomb in the gallery.

Authorities reported that after the fuse was ignited, Alan Cooper, 24, cowered in a corner before being pounced on by security staff while a deejay stamped out the flame, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Police led the young man away in handcuffs, but not before the artist, Shepard Fairey, confronted the would-be stink bomber.

"I put a lot of time and energy into this," Fairey told Cooper. "What's your problem?"

Cooper blamed the incident on his friend.

"I was with him, but I didn't know he was going to do it," he reportedly said.

Cooper was charged with reckless endangerment and attempted arson, but his friend still had not been accounted for.

"There's a narrow-minded school of thought that if you do anything besides street art, then you're a sellout," said Fairey, a former graffiti artist. "They're just jealous."

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