Charlotte FAA Worker Received Homemade Pipe Bomb From Roommate, Police Say

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An FAA employee at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and another man accused of possessing a weapon of mass destruction were released from jail Saturday morning, records show.

Aside from the said charge, Dandan was also charged with acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.

Thirty-year-old Paul George Dandan is now being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a US$45,000 bond, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.

Detectives learned that 39-year-old Derrick Fells build the explosive device. CMPD later confirmed the object in question was a homemade pipe bomb.

A North Carolina air traffic controller was one of two suspects arrested after being found in possession of a homemade pipe bomb. Dandan had some kind of explosive, which was not at the airport, sources told the Charlotte TV station.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Gaffney Police Department conducted a search after they found a vehicle Friday night belonging to a... "He did not have access to any aircraft at the Airport", Charlotte Douglas Airport said in a release.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Fells had created a pipe bomb that he meant to use on a neighbor whom he was feuding with.

Weapons of mass destruction are described by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as any device "designed or intend to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors".

Police say Fells planned to use the bomb against a neighbor but changed his mind and gave it to Dandan.

A police statement indicates Dandan did not have access to restricted areas of the airport in his capacity as an air traffic controller and only worked inside an offsite tower.

The Federal Aviation Administration has terminated Mr. Dandan's access to the airport and is cooperating with investigators, the FAA said in its own statement.

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