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Fake bomb threat called because man wanted boyfriend home sooner, police say

Police say a man who called in a bomb threat to an Oktoberfest event at Snowbird was angry because his boyfriend went without him and he wanted him home sooner.

Prosecutors charged Daniel Ford Artley, 37, with a felony count of making a false alarm.

Artley told police that a Pakistani coworker had planted a device at the Oct. 8 event because of his dislike of Americans. The threat resulted in the evacuation of the festival’s pavilions, the Cliff Lodge and the Snowbird Center.

Police traced the caller ID to Artley’s West Valley City residence where he told officers that he hoped the evacuation would allow his boyfriend to spend more time at home.

If convicted, Artley could face up to 15 years in prison.

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