Explosive found at airport

Small explosive found in airport luggage

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by Mike Ford

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage airport police say a device they call a pipe bomb has been found in a passenger's carry-on luggage.

Airport police say TSA agents found the small explosive in the luggage of a man headed for a North Slope flight for oil company workers at 1:55 p.m. Sunday.

According to authorities the man claimed it was an "avalanche device"
and it lacked a triggering mechanism.

The FBI took the man into custody for questioning, his name hasn't been released.

Airport operations officer Sharon Long says agents cleared a 300-foot radius around the security checkpoint when they found the explosive.

Davis says the citywide Explosive Ordinance Disposal team took away the device.

Long says security was closed for about an hour.