Suspected Pipe Bomb Found at Airport

October 16, 2008

Agents say they detained a man Thursday at MacArthur Airport on Long Island, N.Y., after allegedly finding a suspected pipe bomb in his luggage.

The Southwest Airlines terminal was evacuated for about an hour after Transportation Security Administration agents found “M-80 fireworks and ammunition” and a device with wires in the man’s carry-on bag, TSA spokeswoman Lara Uselding told Newsday.

The man, whose name was not released, had a ticket for a Southwest Airlines flight to Las Vegas, Uselding said. A bomb squad removed the bag from the airport.

In airports across the country, TSA agents this week have found 24 firearms or incendiary devices carried by passengers, Uselding said.

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