Madeline Pulver. (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Sydney police have determined that the device from which an Australian teenage girl was freed Wednesday was not a bomb, but an elaborate fake, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Madeleine Pulver, 18, told police "a stranger wearing a balaclava had placed the device around her neck after breaking into her family's multimillion-dollar" home in the Sydney suburb of Mosman, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. She was freed by a bomb squad some ten hours later.
New South Wales State Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch told journalists Thursday however that it had been determined the device was not a bomb, but an "elaborate" fake.
"A very, very elaborate hoax as it turned out," Murdoch said Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. "But it was made and certainly gave the appearance of a legitimate improvised explosive device."Read More »from Sydney teen freed by bomb squad; police determine bomb fake