|This is not what you want to see as a
welcome present in your home
The device looked like the picture above: seven sticks of dynamite, a clock, alarm and wires.
It was very likely a novelty item – a working clock with non-working explosives – that was sold by a spy shop. (That’s where I got the photo.) The item is no longer sold, but when it was:
"WARNING: This device is sold as a novelty desk clock ONLY. It is not to be used as a joke, prank, or hoax bomb. Period. Criminal charges will undoubtedly apply if misused."
Authorities said it was so realistic they’re going to use it as a training device.
The former owner of the fraudulent bomb, the late Millinocket Police Chief Wayne Scarano, is now the member of an exclusive club – one of very few people who have pulled off a practical joke from beyond the grave.
Maine family finds fake bomb in their new home, at The Washington Post>>
Millinocket street evacuated after suspicious device found, at Bangor Daily News>>