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Woman held in airport bomb hoax

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  • MIT student, 19, arrested at Boston's Logan International Airport
  • Suspect was wearing circuit board and battery, police say
  • Student said it was art she wanted to show off, police say
  • She's charged with disorderly conduct, carrying a hoax device
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From Dan Lothian
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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Massachusetts State Police arrested a 19-year-old MIT student Friday at Boston's Logan International Airport after receiving a report that a woman had what appeared to be a bomb strapped to her chest.


The woman arrested at the Boston airport was identified as Star Simpson, an MIT student.

Authorities said the device proved to be fake.

Star Simpson, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a hoax device.

Simpson was arraigned later Friday in Boston Municipal Court. District Court Judge Paul Mahoney set bail at $750 and ordered her to return to court on October 29 for a pretrial hearing.

Authorities called to the scene saw a woman on a street outside the airport's Terminal C.

She was told to stop, raise her hands and make no movements, and she followed those directions, said Maj. Scott Pare, the airport commanding officer for the Massachusetts State Police.

"It's good that she responded," he said. "She's lucky she's in a jail cell rather than the morgue."

Pare said officers with automatic weapons had been called to the scene.

The woman described the fake device as "art" that she was proud of and wanted to display, Pare said. Video Watch police show the device »

Pare said the device the suspect was wearing was a small circuit board attached by wires to a battery that lit up a display. He said the woman also was holding Play-Doh.

An airport spokeswoman said the suspect walked up to one of the public information kiosks in Terminal C. A person behind the desk noticed the woman was wearing what she described as a circuit board with putty and wires attached to it. The information kiosk employee called police.


"I don't think she understood the seriousness until the public information employee called police," Pare said.

He said the woman told officers she had come to the airport to meet a Continental Airlines flight from Oakland, California. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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