Theatergoers got a scare yesterday, as First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters hit Broadway in NYC to watch Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - and a fake bomb threat alerted officials to delay the show.
Before Mrs. Obama and her girls, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, arrived at the Foxwoods Theatre, a boneheaded theatergoer joked to cops that his luggage might “blow up.”
According to the New York Daily News, law enforcement sources identified the jokester as Ross Mandell, 43, of Charlotte, N.C., who was on a business trip to the city and decided to catch the 3 p.m. matinee. He apparently didn’t know the First Lady and her daughters were attending when he and other ticketholders were asked to check their bags at the door.
According to a police source, Mandell said:
"Yeah, I’ll check my bags, but if the show is bad, they’ll blow up,"
NYPD officers and the Secret Service interviewed the man and a suited-up bomb squad officer inspected the bags, but found nothing suspicious. Mandell was not arrested.
The performance went on, and afterward, Michelle Obama and her girls were hustled into a waiting SUV.
When will people realize that joking about bombs is never funny? C’mon people!
Above: A bomb squad tech inspects a suitcase after a man joked to police that it might blow up. Photo credit: Jefferson Siegel