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Another arrest in airport fizzing dry ice bomb case

October 22, 2013 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59In one of the stranger airport stories to emerge this year, a second worker at Los Angeles International Airport has been arrested for his alleged role in setting off dry ice bombs. These devices, sometimes used in misguided pranks, make a bang so loud it can damage the hearing of anyone close.

Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, was arrested while at work on suspicion of possessing a destructive device near an aircraft, the Los Angeles Police Department stated. He’s being held on USD 500,000 bail. sarawak250x250

Iniguez is apparently the boss of the first man to be arrested, airport employee Dicarlo Bennett. They both work for aviation ground services company Servisair.

Police say Bennett set off the devices as a prank rather than anything more sinister. Bennett pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing a destructive device in a public place, ABC News reported yesterday.

While the devices injured nobody, they led to evacuations and disrupted flights.

“He was a prankster. He thought it was funny,” Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Downing said of Bennett when speaking to the Los Angeles Times.

“There is nothing funny about what he did. This is a serious pipe bomb filled with shrapnel; it is a destructive device.”

One device, a plastic bottle filled with dry ice, exploded in an employee restroom, police said, while another was found fizzing near an aircraft at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Bennett, being held on USD 1 million bail, faces up to six years jail if convicted. More facts are emerging (the “serious pipe bomb filled with shrapnel “ sounds rather more sinister than a prank) and police confirm they are treating the matter very seriously.

Investigators believe Bennett obtained the dry ice from an airliner, where it is used by catering services.

Written by : Peter Needham

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