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Man arrested with explosives at Texas airport

December 31, 2011 |  4:14 pm

A man was arrested at a Texas airport Saturday after attempting to make his way through security with explosives, authorities said.

The man was apprehended at about 9:30 a.m. after security officials noticed a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during an X-ray screening at Midland International Airport, the Transportation Security Agency said in a statement.

Officials closed down the checkpoint for an hour while security officers removed the item, the TSA said.

Tasa Watts, a spokeswoman for the city of Midland, said in an email to the Los Angeles Times that security officials discovered explosives in the luggage.

FBI spokesman Mike Martinez said in an interview that agents took a man into custody at the airport, but would not confirm that the man was carrying explosives. The agency is continuing to investigate the incident.

The TSA would also not confirm that the man was carrying explosives.


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Photo: Officer Dylan Hale secures an explosives transport box to be carried to a storage facility Saturday at Midland International Airport in Texas. Credit: Heather Leiphart / Odessa American