Utah student arrested after allegedly threatening to cause ‘mass destruction’ if football team lost

Utah student arrested after allegedly threatening to cause ‘mass destruction’ if football team lost

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An engineering student at the University of Utah is facing a terrorist threat after giving the school a nuclear scare.

Meredith Miller, 21, reportedly said she would “detonate the nuclear reactor that is located at the University of Utah causing mass destruction” if the Utes lost a football game.

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A record crowd watches the Michigan Wolverines lose to the Utah Utes, 24-17, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on September 3, 2015.

A record crowd watches the Michigan Wolverines lose to the Utah Utes, 24-17, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on September 3, 2015.
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The threat was reportedly posted on social media platform Yik Yak on September 17, the same day the Utes played San Diego State.

Court documents stated that since Miller is an engineering student, she knows where the reactor is located at the school, according to FOX13 in Salt Lake City.

“Although the student said her statement was a joke, we have a zero-tolerance policy for these types of threats,” University of Utah Police Chief Jason Hinojosa said in a statement.

The reactor is nearly impossible to damage and “intrinsically safe,” according to nuclear engineering program director Glenn Sjoden.

A view of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City before the Stanford Cardinal-Utah Utes game on October 12, 2013.

A view of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City before the Stanford Cardinal-Utah Utes game on October 12, 2013.
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“It provides a unique vehicle to carry out cutting-edge research in nuclear engineering and technology and has been for the past 50 years here in Salt Lake City,” Sjoden said of the reactor, which is submerged in water.

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The reactor is protected and alarmed, but “idle threats made to the facility are taken seriously, and we encourage people to really keep in mind that nuclear facilities are always treated with the utmost respect and safety,” Sjoden said.

“Therefore, the government and law enforcement will take all necessary steps to mitigate any threat made,” he added.

A view of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City before the Stanford Cardinal-Utah Utes game on October 12, 2013.

A view of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City before the Stanford Cardinal-Utah Utes game on October 12, 2013.
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Utah defeated the Aztecs, 35-7.

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