August 11, 2005

Oklahoma man says he forgot he had bomb-documents

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man told federal
investigators he forgot a pipe bomb he built for fun was in his
luggage when tried to board an airplane, according to court
documents released on Thursday.

Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr., 24, was charged on Thursday
with trying to carry the bomb aboard a Delta Airlines flight
from Oklahoma City to Atlanta on Wednesday, according to the

Dreyling was released Thursday on $10,000 bail. If
convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000

FBI agents and Oklahoma City police officers said the pipe
bomb contained a metal cartridge filled with gunpowder attached
to a detonator made from model rocket parts, according to an
affidavit filed by the FBI.

Dreyling, a student at the University of Oklahoma, could
have detonated the bomb using his cell phone battery, according
to the affidavit.

Dreyling told investigators he made bombs for recreation
and had recently set off several devices with friends in rural
Oklahoma, according to the affidavit.