3 More Dry Ice Bomb Devices Found At LAX


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —Reports that Detectives  continued their efforts to find the suspect wanted for planting dry ice bombs around Los Angeles International Airport.

One dry ice bomb exploded and two plastic bottles containing the dangerous material were found around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Tom Bradley International Terminal in a restricted area, Los Angeles Police Department Det. Gus Villanueva said.

No one was injured, and no flights were delayed.

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Airport police and a bomb squad cleared the items around 9:45 p.m.

Extra police patrols and bomb sniffing dogs remained were at the airport Monday.

“We’re doing what we usually do, but we’re just more exposed today just because of what’s going on,” LAX Airport Police Officer Robert Corchado said.

On Sunday, another dry ice device exploded inside an employee bathroom at LAX’s Terminal 2. No injuries were reported in that incident.

In both instances, the bombs were left in an area of the airport that require special clearance for access.

“At least they found unexploded ones,” passenger Bing Smith said. “I don’t know frankly what to think about somebody getting to limited access areas that require a badge.”

KNX 1070?s Ed Mertz reports LAPD Counter-terrorism Chief Michael Downing said part of the problem for investigators is a gap in security camera coverage throughout the airport.

We’re looking at all the evidence, all the footage we can, but there is an issue with some of the restricted areas,” Downing said. “They don’t have cameras, so this produces a bit of a challenge.”

Authorities said there was no indication that either incident was part of a terrorist act.

The FBI is aiding the LAPD in the investigation.

“We will vigorously prosecute this individual and somebody is going to go to prison over this,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

Authorities asked anyone who took cell pohone video during either incident to contact them.


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