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Man Arrested in Connection with Statue of Liberty Bomb Threat

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 21, 2015

Man Arrested in Connection with Statue of Liberty Bomb Threat

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In April, the 3,200 people visiting the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in New York City were evacuated after officials received what turned out to be a false bomb threat.

On Wednesday, the man who allegedly called in the fake threat was formally charged in federal court with a count of conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes.

In a report from Ray Sanchez of, 42-year-old Jason Paul Smith from Harts, West Virginia, reportedly used his iPad and a phone service for the hearing impaired to call in the fake bomb threat on April 24.

Smith reportedly described himself as a terrorist on the call and told authorities that he was going to blow up the Statue of Liberty. Bomb squads arrived at the island a short time later to investigate and didn’t discover any suspicious packages or materials.

After a thorough investigation, Smith was arrested Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas, and appeared in federal court. If convicted of conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

This may not be the only false bomb threat made by Smith, either. According to the report from prosecutors obtained by, the iPad registered to the accused was also reportedly used in at least two other terroristic threats.

In May, Smith allegedly called 911 from the tablet as a terrorist named “Isis Allah Bomb maker" to report his plans to attack both Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, saying he would be looking to kill police officers.

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