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Beauty winner charged with bombings

A young American beauty contest winner has been arrested accused of throwing makeshift explosives from a car.

Kendra McKenzie Gill - recently crowned Miss Riverton, Utah - and three others were arrested after allegedly throwing the homemade bombs at least nine times.

Police said they admitted buying plastic bottles, aluminum foil and household chemicals before assembling the devices in the town, 20 miles from Salt Lake City.

"They were throwing them at both property and people," a fire department spokesman said, adding that nobody was injured. "This goes well beyond a teenage prank."

Gill, who was 18 at the time of her June 8 win, was booked on suspicion of detonating an incendiary device.

She beat eight other beauty contestants earlier this summer, showing off her years of piano training with a Scott Joplin number and taking home a 2,000 dollar scholarship.

Representatives for the Miss Riverton and Miss Utah pageants, which are preliminary competitions for the Miss America contest, did not comment.


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