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07/16/2012 01:12 pm ET | Updated Jul 17, 2012

Michelle Obama Bomb Scare Before 'Spider-Man' Musical In New York; Ross Mandell Not Arrested

The injury-prone Broadway show "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark" ran into more problems Sunday. This time, however, it was no fault of the musical but of a foolish theatergoer.

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, were in New York City Sunday to watch a matinee performance of the musical.

Naturally, security is higher when an Obama attends a show, and audience members' bags were searched. As the First Lady and her girls were en route to Foxwoods Theatre in Midtown, police officials became alarmed when one Spiderman ticket holder jokingly remarked to security, "Yeah, I’ll check my bags, but if the show is bad, they’ll blow up."

Secret Service agents searched the theatre for potential threats and questioned Ross Mandell after he made the idiotic comment. Officials quickly determined the scare was bogus and the show went on.

The Daily News reports 43-year old Mandell was in town for a business trip from North Carolina. He was not arrested.

Mandell's bomb reference comes less than a week after a District of Columbia police officer allegedly said he'd shoot the first lady and referenced his firearm of choice on his phone.

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