Po­lice: Cou­ple planted fake bomb hop­ing to shoot of­fi­cers

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BIRM­ING­HAM, Ala. — An Alabama cou­ple planted a fake bomb at a sub­ur­ban el­e­men­tary school hop­ing to shoot of­fi­cers ar­riv­ing at the scene, po­lice said Wed­nes­day.

Zachary Ed­wards, 35, and Raphel Dil­li­gard, 34, of Birm­ing­ham face charges that in­clude mak­ing ter­ror­ist threats, ren­der­ing a false alarm and pos­sess­ing a hoax de­struc­tive de­vice, said po­lice Capt. Jeff Bridges of Trussville, Ala.

A hoax bomb was found out­side Mag­no­lia El­e­men­tary School on Nov. 16, prompt­ing a re­sponse that in­cluded agents from the FBI and the Bu­reau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives.

Au­thor­i­ties said it con­tained gun­pow­der, mod­el­ing clay and a timer, but no det­o­na­tor. Ex­perts ex­am­ined the de­vice and then det­o­nated it at the scene. Ar­rested af­ter­ward, the cou­ple told in­ves­ti­gat ors what t hey had planned, po­lice said.

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