College student arrested after threatening to detonate nuclear reactor if football team loses

Utah Utes running back Micah Bernard and San Diego State Aztecs safety Patrick McMorris
Utah Utes running back Micah Bernard and San Diego State Aztecs safety Patrick McMorris Photo credit Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

A student at the University of Utah has been arrested after she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor had her football team lost to San Diego State.

The student posted the messages on the social media app “Yik Yak” as the Utes game against the Aztecs was underway.

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According to KSL.com, police claim she said that "if the football team did not win the game, (she) was going to detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah causing a mass destruction.”

The 21-year-old woman was booked at the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for allegedly making the threat of terrorism.

According to the police, the woman does have the knowledge of how the reactor works and "is aware of where the reactor is located and attends class in the same building where the reactor is housed."

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