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Utah beauty queen gives up crown amid bomb charges

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah beauty pageant winner charged last week with tossing homemade ‘‘bottle bombs’’ from a vehicle said she is relinquishing her crown.

Kendra McKenzie Gill, 18, called the Aug. 2 incident a ‘‘stupid mistake’’ and said she wanted to turn over her Miss Riverton title before pageant officials stripped her of it.

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‘‘I just thought that it would be best for the city of Riverton and all the people affected by our decision and my choice, to just step down,’’ Gill said in an interview aired Tuesday on KSL-TV.

Gill and three friends were charged Friday with four felony counts of possession of an explosive device. They’re accused of driving around town and throwing plastic bottles filled with toilet bowl cleaner and shrapnel at people and property.

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Nobody was injured, and Gill told KSL they never threw the bottles directly at people.

‘‘We didn’t think about what we were doing,’’ Gill said.

Associated Press

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