FBI: Anarchists Tried to Trigger Fake Bombs
Five men arrested for bridge plot were once associated with Occupy Cleveland
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2012 8:12 AM CDT
The five men arrested April 30, 2012, and accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, Ohio. From left: Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Joshua Stafford, Connor Stevens, Douglas Wright.   (AP Photo/FBI)
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(Newser) – The five men charged with plotting to blow up an Ohio bridge actually did attempt to detonate what they believed were real explosives, the FBI alleges. The men, unknowingly working with an FBI informant, repeatedly tried to use a text-message detonation code to blow up the fake bombs, which they had placed at the base of the bridge, the AP reports. They reportedly phoned the undercover FBI employee who provided the bombs to check the code when it failed. In another secretly recorded conversation, one of the suspects explained that "taking out a bridge in the business district would cost the ... corporate bigwigs a lot of money" because it would stop people from going to work.