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Prop bomb lands student in jail

OCALA, Fla., March 8 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a student was arrested and charged with possessing a fake bomb he created for a class project.

Ocala police said they received a call about an object in a pickup truck at Hollywood 16 Theaters resembling sticks of dynamite taped together with wires and a timer attached, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.

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Sgt. Andy Scroble said Matthew Pye, 19, and a friend who was later released were detained when officers arrived to find the two men climbing into the truck.

Scroble said Pye told officers the object was a fake bomb created for a class project and police confirmed the information with the University of Central Florida student's instructor.

A bomb squad officer confirmed the object was not a real bomb and Pye was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony count of manufacture, possession and display of a hoax weapon of mass destruction.

A university spokeswoman said Pye is a theater student who created the fake bomb as a prop-making project for a class.

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