British teen arrested over hoax bomb alert on Las Vegas strip

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Bomb hoax outside MGM Grand@Shutterstock
Bomb hoax outside MGM Grand@Shutterstock



A British teenager sparked a security alert on the Las Vegas strip after claiming there was a bomb underneath a taxi on the busy strip.

The teen was later arrested for the hoax bomb claim.

The 17-year-old from Sutton, south London, was held just an hour after making the call to UK police on Monday, claiming that there was a bomb underneath a taxi outside the MGM Grand.

Scotland Yard passed the warning to American police, who went to search the site, while British officers traced the nuisance caller and arrested him.

The teenager has been released on bail until later this month.

Las Vegas, home to world-renowned hotels and casinos, attracted nearly 40 million visitors last year and gambling venues on the strip brought in 6.5 billion US dollars in gaming revenue.

The MGM Grand, one of several internationally famous hotels on the strip, has just over 5,000 rooms and hosts events including major boxing matches and musical performances.



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