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Top news coming in to a wet San Francisco today is about toothpaste posing a bomb threat on airlines.

The BBC News says that toothpaste could be used as a bomb on an airline.

The threat seems to be particularly strong if that airline is heading to Russia.

Since the Olympic Games are coming up, the Department of Homeland Security is giving the warning so everyone can be alert, reports the BBC News.

Although the games are not yet on in Sochi, Russia, some of the pre-game events are going on. Explosives, according to the BBC, could be smuggled on board flights in innocent-looking toothpaste tubes.

In another report, this time by ABC Radio, it seems that sales of tickets for Monday's Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, have been quite slow. The station says: "It is unknown what role the security concerns will play in Olympic events."

Already airports have banned the presence of all liquids, pastes and gels, and the toothpaste ban has now been added to the list.

"It's a shame it has to be that way, but it's the world we live in," says San Francisco resident, Alice Marshall. "Nobody wants a surprise like an explosive weapon messing up the upcoming celebration that is Valentine's Day."

According to the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Kozak, the tightness of security in light of the Olympic Games "is similar to that of any other safe city in the world".

Some would even say the toothpaste alert was overkill but the Russian authorities would rather be safe than sorry and the toothpaste bombing alert comes "out of an abundance of caution."

We are glad to receive the warning.

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