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Olympics Venue Fails To Detect Fake Bomb

05/08/2021 12:00 PM ET

Olympic organizers will look into a tabloid claim, but are not overly concerned with security at the London Games this August after a local tabloid reported a fake bomb could make its way into a venue undetected.

Fake plastic bomb unravels embarrassing security flaw for 2012 Olympics

On Monday organizers said they were looking into the claims made by The Sun that an unidentified construction worker was “properly vetted” and “thoroughly searched” but was still admitted into Olympic Park even though he was carrying a fake bomb last Friday.

The Sun reports the fake bomb was made of a plastic container which held batteries, a phone, and modeling clay, saying the device looked like a “dummy Semtex device.”

The Sun is now calling its capability to have an unidentified employee get through with a fake bomb a “terrifying flaw” in Olympic security.

The construction worker was quoted by the Sun as to say, “If I had terrorist connections I could be bringing in explosives, chemicals - anything at all.”

However, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said in a statement, “Clearly a Tupperware box containing batteries, a mobile phone and some loose wires would not pose a threat on a construction site.”

They added, “However, we will be looking into the allegations to ensure that our security regimes are as robust as they need to be.”


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