Bloke arrested for trying to smuggle homemade explosive device on plane

A man has been arrested for trying to smuggle a homemade explosive device onto a plane.

Mark Muffley, 40, was travelling to Sanford, Florida, from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, when his suitcase triggered an alarm during the security check at the airport.

Security officers then proceeded to carry out a physical inspection of the bag and discovered a circular compound "wrapped in a wax-like paper and clear plastic wrap", WFMZ-TV reports.

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The officers then raised the alarm and the FBI were called to inspect the suitcase.

A bomb technician X-rayed the material and concluded that it was a powder “consistent with a commercial grade firework.”

The suitcase also contained “a can of butane, a lighter, a pipe with white powder residue, a wireless drill with cordless batteries, and two GFCI outlets taped together with black tape".

A “quick fuse” similar to a candle wick was attached to the material, as well as a slow-burning “hobby fuse.”

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Airport officials described the findings as posing a "significant risk to the aircraft and passengers".

The 40-year-old's name was called over the airport's public address system, but he was then seen fleeing the scene.

According to Fox9, he was arrested on Monday night (February 27) and has been charged with possession of an explosive at an airport and attempting to place an explosive on an aircraft.


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