Well the machine contains a bomb. Where does the power for the bomb come from? It comes from a battery, of course! - It wouldn't be very smart to make the bomb draw power from the wall-socket, coz it would stop (or possibly go off) if there was a power outage. Therefore the bomb has a battery, which is also used to power the lights in the machine.
The real question is: If you're smart enough to make a huge bomb look like a machine for drinks, then why not cut the unneeded cord off, so an observant agent wouldn't notice it not being plugged in?
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That was the whole point of him figuring it out. He saw that the power was on, but it wasn't plugged in. Even my mom saw that and said 'there's a bomb inside'. Wouldn't any other trained FBI agent think that also?
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