Utah student arrested for threatening to blow up nuclear reactor if football team lost

A female student at the University of Utah was booked Wednesday after allegedly threatening to detonate a nuclear reactor on campus if the school’s football team had lost its game against San Diego State on Saturday.

The 21-year-old woman allegedly posted on the social media app Yik Yak that she would  “detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah causing a mass destruction,” according to a Salt Lake City Sheriff’s Office affidavit obtained by radio station KSL.

Utah and San Diego State football game on Sept. 17, 2022.
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Utah fans on Sept. 17, 2022.
Utah fans on Sept. 17, 2022.
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The student was arrested for making a threat of terrorism, according to the report. The affidavit also stated that the woman was “aware of where the reactor is located and attends class in the same building where the reactor is housed.”

A 19-year-old Utah student had been arrested for the same crime in August for making a bomb threat on Yik Yak directed at a school building. He claimed the alleged threat was a joke and that he had no intention of carrying it out, according to KSL’s website.

The 13th-ranked Utes downed San Diego State, 35-7, on Saturday behind four touchdown passes by quarterback Cam Rising.