Pink Bomb Tweet: Boy Arrested At Melbourne Gig
A teenager is facing charges after he appeared to suggest on Twitter that he had brought a bomb to a Pink concert in Australia.
More than 10,000 people were packed into the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night for the first of Pink's 18 Melbourne concerts on her current tour.
Officers were called to the venue at around 8.30pm after a bomb threat was put on Twitter.
The 16-year-old boy is reported to have tweeted "Pink I'm ready with my Bomb. Time to blowup #RodLaverArena Bitch", as he waited for the star to arrive on stage.
The tweet has since been deleted.
The boy claims he was making an innocent reference to Pink's song Timebomb.
"It was meant to be about drop the effects, the music, everything - just drop it all," he told the Seven Network.
The boy, from the small Victorian town of Warrnambool, said security officials used his Twitter profile picture to find him in the crowd.
"They just came up to me and showed a photo and said 'Is this you?'," he said.
"I said yeah, because it was my face, and suddenly they just turned me around and grabbed my hands and forced me out the back."
He was arrested and released, but is expected to be charged with uttering threats and causing a public nuisance.
The boy's father said the authorities had overreacted as it was an innocent tweet.
"He was trying to relate to Timebomb, her song," the father told Fairfax Radio.
"When he wrote that, he didn't have time to write Timebomb.
"He was scared. He's only a 16-year-old kid."
A Rod Laver Arena spokeswoman said the venue takes any threat to security seriously.
"We took swift and appropriate action in conjunction with Victoria Police to ensure the venue was secure and free from risk," she added.