Bomb found….eventually

From Reuters:

A package found by a security guard at a U.S. federal office building in Detroit sat three for weeks before someone thought to screen it and found it was a bomb, an official who represents unionized guards said on Wednesday.

A private contract guard, since suspended, apparently found the package outside in late February…The guard brought the package into the building and put it in “lost and found” without having it screened, Wright said. It sat until March 18, when someone decided to X-ray the package and found that it might contain a bomb, he said.

The guards then notified the Federal Protective Service and Detroit police and the package was moved outside the building, where the police bomb squad recovered it, he said.

Detroit police said they recovered a package Friday from the federal building and detonated it.

Ooh – embarrassing.  According to a detailed follow-up article:

A man accused of placing an explosive outside a federal building in Detroit that sat unexamined inside for nearly three weeks will undergo a mental exam after declaring in court Friday that he was a former president and the governor of California.U.S.

Magistrate Judge Timothy Greeley said he was influenced by [Defendant] Gary Mikulich’s behavior in federal court in Marquette. Mikulich said he was a one-term president, a co-governor of California, a Secret Service officer and a U.S. marshal, WXYZ-TV reported.


His family released a statement saying he has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for years and often fails to take medication.

The family “is truly thankful that no one was injured and is hopeful that Gary may now be forced to get the treatment that the family attempted to get him,” they said.


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