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Man charged over toilet bomb

A man has been charged with making a fake bomb threat after leaving a toilet that looked like it had been rigged with a bomb outside a public building.

Duane Davis Sr attached a mobile phone, an electronic device and a signed note to the toilet before leaving it outside the old Baltimore County courthouse in Maryland, USA.

The county bomb squad was called to investigate but the toilet, which had also been adorned with newspaper clippings and photographs, posed no danger, police said.

On Monday night Davis was charged with making a false statement on Facebook about leaving destructive devices outside the building, and bail was set at $200,000.

He told a judge in court that he had planted similar toilets all over Baltimore, including one in front of the Baltimore City Schools headquarters.

He said he never intended to make a fake bomb and that all the toilets were pieces of art depicting racism in America.