Utah beauty queen stands down af­ter throw­ing bombs

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY PEOPLE -

A US beauty pageant win­ner charged with toss­ing home­made bombs from a ve­hi­cle has re­lin­quished her crown. Ken­dra McKen­zie Gill tells KSL-TV that she and her friends feel ter­ri­ble about the in­ci­dent, but she in­sists they were just play­ing a prac­ti­cal joke and never threw the ex­plo­sives at peo­ple. Gill and three friends were charged last week with four felony counts of pos­ses­sion of an ex­plo­sive de­vice. Pros­e­cu­tors say the 18-year-olds drove around town on Aug 2 and tossed plas­tic bot­tles of toi­let bowl cleaner and shrap­nel at peo­ple and prop­erty. No­body was in­jured. Gill had been Miss River­ton, Utah. She said she knew she’d prob­a­bly have the ti­tle re­voked and wanted to step down be­fore it was taken from her.

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