Man Arrested for Statue of Liberty Bomb Threat


Statue of Liberty seen from the Circle Line ferry, Manhattan, New YorkA West Virginia man will appear in a Texas court Wednesday to face charges that he placed a false 911 call threatening that a bomb was at the Statue of Liberty.

Authorities allege that Jason Paul Smith, 42, identified himself as an “ISI terrorist” named “Abdul Yasin” during the April 24 call, and said “we” are preparing to “blow up” the statue, the Daily Beast reports.

Smith, who is hearing impaired, allegedly used a special service to place the call.

There is no indication that he is Muslim or an actual ISIS sympathizer.

More than 3,000 people were evacuated from the Statue of Liberty in response.