Five Crazy Headlines: Fake cops, skull comets and a suicide bomber costume

Michael Grennell

Start Halloween off with a bang

Out of the many potentially offensive costumes to choose from for Halloween, one soldier decided to dress up as a suicide bomber.

He then decided it would be a good idea to try and enter Fort Bragg in his costume.

An emergency response was triggered at Fort Bragg when guards saw the man’s simulated explosive vest. The area surrounding the gate the man tried to enter through was evacuated and the gate was closed for an extended period of time.

While officials at Fort Bragg believe the man dressed as a suicide bomber for Halloween, the incident continues to be under investigation.

Source: ABC 11

Trick or treat, Earth

A dead comet passed by Earth on Halloween, coming within 302,000 miles of the planet according to NASA.

Keeping in the spirit of the holiday, a picture of the comet—asteroid TB145—showed dark patches on its surface that made it look like a skull.

Scientists say the comet probably shed many of the elements and compounds it contained after multiple trips past the sun.

Source: Independent

The only good spider decoration is a dead spider decoration

A West Virginia assistant prosecuting attorney has been suspended after using an extreme solution to get rid of Halloween spider decorations.

Chris White, who suffers from arachnophobia, became enraged when he saw secretaries in his office had put up fake spider decorations.

Logan County Prosecutor John Bennett said White then pulled an unloaded gun out and threatened to shoot the decorations.

A criminal investigation has been opened over the incident.

Source: CBS Pittsburgh

It’s Halloween every day

A New Jersey man was arrested last week for impersonating a police officer—while on probation for impersonating a police officer.

John C. Williams was already being monitored for impersonating a police officer when he was found to be in possession of handcuffs, county prosecutor’s office placards, New Jersey State Police work attire and an empty police pistol holster.

Williams was taken to Mercer County Correction Center on $20,000 bail.

Source: The Trentonian

It’s the Great Pumpkin Escape, Arizona

A giant inflatable pumpkin decided to break free from its chains and make an escape for freedom on Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 25-foot tall, 350 pound jack-o’-lantern rolled across multiple lanes of traffic in a busy intersection before getting stuck beneath a street light.

After getting out from under the street light, the pumpkin traveled another quarter of a mile before stopping in a neighborhood park.

No injuries were caused by the pumpkin’s escape, but officials say the pumpkin caused some property damage.

Source: NBC 4i