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  • Acts
  • 2000
  • Chapter 421 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE POSSESSION, TRANSPORT, USE OR PLACEMENT OF A HOAX DEVICE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


Chapter 266 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1998 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 102A the following section:-

Section 102A>. (a) Whoever possesses, transports, uses or places or causes another to knowingly or unknowingly possess, transport, use or place any hoax device with the intent to cause anxiety, unrest, fear or personal discomfort to any person or group of persons shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(b) For the purposes of this section, the term "hoax device" shall mean any device that would cause a person reasonably to believe that such device is an infernal machine. For the purposes of this section, the term "infernal machine" shall mean any device for endangering life or doing unusual damage to property, or both, by fire or explosion, whether or not contrived to ignite or explode automatically.

(c) This section shall not apply to any law enforcement or public safety officer acting in the lawful discharge of official duties.

Approved January 12, 2001.