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University of Utah Student threatened a nuclear attack if the Utes lost to San Diego State

A University of Utah student was arrested after threatening to nuke the school this past week if their football team lost to San Diego State.

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According to University of Utah police, the 21-year-old engineering student made that threat on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media app, before the Utes played the Aztecs on Sept. 17.

“If we don’t win today, I’m detonating the nuclear reactor on campus,” the post read.

via The Salt Lake Tribune


Now you might read that and immediately brush it off as a joke. It sounds preposterous. A fan of the Utes getting so out of control over a game against San Diego State they threaten to plunge the entire state into nuclear winter? It has to be a joke right?

The Utah student may not have been joking around after all…

Well someone tipped off the police about the Yik Yak post. They apparently knew who made the “joke” in question. It was an engineering student who had in-depth knowledge of the school’s nuclear reactor.

That’s right, The University of Utah has a functional nuclear reactor, I don’t know why either.

So maybe not so funny after all? Between this and the topless women roaming their tailgates I have to say the stakes are way higher for University of Utah football then I ever could have imagined.

Brian Windhorst was really on to something when he asked, “What’s going on in Utah?”


Of course the Utah student was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat. Then they were promptly released on bail. The football team did go on to win handily, 35-7.

Maybe the threats worked after all?


Mandatory Credit: Deseret News

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