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booby trap

[′büb·ē ‚trap]
(ordnance)
An explosive charge such as a mine, grenade, demolition block, shell, or bulk explosive fitted with a detonator and a firing device, and usually concealed and set to explode when an unsuspecting person touches off its firing mechanism by stepping upon, lifting, or moving a harmless-looking object.
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Our troops are pursuing the remnants of this group and clearing the area of IEDs and booby traps, Tan said.
Young entered a plea to one count of cultivation of marijuana and one count of maintaining a booby trap device after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of possession of marijuana for sale.
They also found three booby traps that would fire a shotgun shell or rifle bullet at whoever tripped a wire trigger.
Working their way through the maze of hallways and rooms in the complex, they must use each other's tools to disarm the booby traps that protect the top-secret tiles.
Those first units, British paratroopers and Gurkha riflemen, will immediately shift to searching for booby traps and the thousands of mines Serbian troops planted since shortly after the war began on March 24.
Hutsler is being held on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of booby trap devices and violation of probation at the Lancaster sheriff's station in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Diplomats and Red Cross workers have said they believed that the rebels laid the booby traps in the gardens surrounding the residence to help avert a counterattack by government forces.