ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities at Anchorage International Airport said Monday that a device they described as a pipe bomb, which was missing a trigger mechanism, was found in a passenger's carry-on luggage.
Airport police and fire Chief Jesse Davis told the Anchorage Daily News that Transportation Security Administration agents found the small explosive in the luggage of a man headed for a North Slope flight for oil company workers Sunday afternoon.
Davis said the device lacked a triggering mechanism, thereby making it unusable. Officials said the man claimed it was an "avalanche device." The FBI was interviewing the man, whose name hasn't been released.
Airport operations officers said agents cleared a 300-foot radius around the security checkpoint when they found the explosive.
A bomb squad eventually took it away, and the airport's security checkpoints were closed for about an hour.
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