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Man arrested for bomb threat at Doja Cat concert

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A man has been arrested at a Doja Cat concert in the US, after attempting to jump the queue by making a bomb threat.

Fans had been queuing for more than 12 hours for the free concert in Indianapolis on Saturday when, at 5 p.m., the man informed those around him that he had an explosive device in his backpack.

After ensuring that the backpack was safe, police cleared the area for 20 minutes and the concert proceeded.

The man had outstanding warrants for unrelated offences and was arrested for them.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said in a statement that the investigation into the bomb threat is still ongoing.

“A fan wanted to advance in line so he exercised very poor judgement and told those around him in line he had a bomb in his backpack,” Deputy Chief Joshua Barker told the Indianapolis Star.

“Someone did the right thing and alerted IMPD. The backpack was clean.”

Doja Cat’s show was part of the build-up to Monday’s College Football Playoff, which will see the Georgia Bulldogs face off against underdogs Alabama Crimson Tide.

The outdoor concert took place in near-freezing temperatures, with fans wearing earmuffs, mittens and raincoats as well as their facemasks

Fans had queued overnight to be at the front of the show, battling ice and freezing rain as temperatures dropped to -9C.

Some expressed their frustration at the disruption on social media.

“My boyfriend and I waited at the front of the line since noon, just for us to get trampled and fearing for our lives,” wrote Paige Osborne on Twitter.

“Bomb threat and someone in cuffs at the Doja Cat concert 10 minutes before we were supposed to go in. I am LIVID,” added another fan.

After a brief intermission, Doja Cat took the stage around 21:40, dressed in a football-inspired ensemble.

In her 16-song, 90-minute set, the star, who has eight Grammy nominations this year, raced through hits such as Woman, Say So, You Right, and Juicy.

However, the show was not without incident. After the rapper/singer threw a pair of drumsticks into the crowd, a fight broke out.

 

“Hello, hello, hello. Chill, chill, chill “yelled the star as she came to a halt in front of her band.

 

“Please, no fighting. I don’t want to see that, I don’t want to see anything like that. I care about you, and it’s far too cold outside to do so.”

 

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