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February 12, 2011

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Expo loss led to bomb hoax

A MAN depressed at losing his Expo ticket phoned police claiming he had planted bombs at Shanghai Railway Station.

More than 150 policemen rushed to the scene and spent hours searching for explosives before it was established that the call was a hoax.

Yesterday the caller, a man surnamed Li, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by judges at Xuhui District People's Court on charges of seriously disturbing social order.

Li, 29, made the calls while drunk on September 8 last year, the court heard. He was detained the same night at the dormitory of a construction company where he was staying. He was from Anhui Province.

He admitted making the hoax bomb threats, saying he was depressed after losing his ticket to the World Expo a few days earlier.

On the day he made the calls, Li had been drinking in the dorm, and after being scolded by his father, he went out to drink more.

After consuming 200 milliliters of liquor and two bottles of beer, Li dialed the police hotline 110 several times, making his claims.


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