Ice Bombs Found at LAX Near Passenger Jets


LOS ANGELES, CA — Detectives Tuesday are trying to find the suspect(s) wanted for planting dry ice bombs around Los Angeles International Airport. It is unknown if they are independent, or belong to any Islamic terrorist groups trying a test run.

A 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.

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

On Sunday, a 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.”

Authorities said so far they don’t think either incident was part of a Islamic terrorist act.

The FBI is aiding the LAPD in the investigation.

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