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Fake Bomb in Cake Box Sneaked Onto UPS Flight

Cargo 'bomb' in cake box went undetected on way to Turkey
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2011 2:41 AM CDT
'Dummy Bomb' Probed on UPS Flight
British authorities plan to investigate UPS' security procedures.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – British authorities are investigating how a fake bomb hidden in a wedding cake box was able to make it from the UK to Turkey without being detected. The package, containing a timer, wires, and a detonator, traveled on a UPS flight to Istanbul, reports the BBC. A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of creating the device.

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Experts believe the device—sent less than 6 months after a cargo bomb bound for the US was intercepted in Britain—could have been a trial run for a real terrorist attack, the Independent notes. "We have already begun an investigation which will look at all aspects of this incident, including UPS procedures," a government spokesman said. "The UK has one of the toughest security regimes for air cargo in the world. All security measures are subject to continuous review." (Read more bomb scare stories.)

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