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Man with Explosive Powder, Fireworks Apprehended at Philly Airport

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A 29-year-old-man was taken into police custody Thursday morning at the Philadelphia airport after attempting to board a flight to San Francisco while carrying items that could have been assembled into an explosive device -- a vial with a fuse, a plastic bottle filled with explosive powder and three M-80 type fireworks.

Joseph Picklo of Dallas, Pennsylvania told authorities he is a self-employed salesman who "likes to conduct experiments with explosives" and that he was trying to start a business using exploding targets. Picklo told authorities he had "fooled around" with the fireworks and other materials and forgot he had them in his backpack when he attempted to board the flight. He was charged with attempting to carry an explosive device on a plane and transferred into federal custody this afternoon. The federal charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.

FBI officials told ABC News there is no known connection to terrorism, but authorities said some or all of the elements could have been combined to make a bomb. Picklo was detained at 6 a.m. after a suspicious item was seen in a carry-on bag at a security checkpoint as he was headed for a US Airways flight.

Airport operations were only minimally affected. One gate was closed for 20 minutes while police responded. The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad removed the material to its range for examination.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Michigan Man Arrested in Detroit Federal Building Bomb Case

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The FBI has arrested a Michigan man with an alleged history of threats against its agents in connection to the explosive device that sat for three weeks inside a Detroit federal building.

Matching the bomb components left outside the McNamara Federal building in Detroit to purchases at Home Depot, the FBI zeroed in on Gary John Mikulich, 42, from Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Mikulich was arrested Thursday and charged with explosives violations for allegedly constructing and leaving the device by the federal building on Feb. 26.

The device was moved inside the building by an unsuspecting security guard and sat unattended for three weeks before guards wised up last week.

The incident has prompted numerous questions about security at federal buildings.

The device initially was discovered in a tool bag left outside the federal building on Feb. 26, 2011, but was not scanned or x-rayed by security personnel until last week.  The device appears to have contained viable explosives.

Witnesses heard a loud bang and saw smoke with an explosion that sent the metal box containing the bomb 10 feet into the air last Friday when the Detroit police and FBI detonated it.

The FBI used some advanced records checks to identify individuals who had purchased items that were used to construct the device that was placed in a Husky tool bag.  According to the FBI affidavit in the case, the Husky brand tool bags are sold exclusively at Home Depot stores.

According to the affidavit, "Representatives from Home Depot confirmed that since October 2010, only nine (9) individuals in the United States have purchased, together at the same time, the following two items: (1) a Husky brand tool bag of the same size as that found at the McNamara Building on February 26, 2011, and (2) a spring wound 60-minute timer by General Electric."

The FBI further determined that of those nine individuals, only one of the purchases was made with cash.  The FBI determined this purchase was made in Iron Mountain, Michigan on Feb. 14, 2011.  The FBI reviewed surveillance video from the store and determined that it was indeed Mikulich.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Police: Who Left Dynamite in a Cemetery?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- FBI agents and New York City police spent much of Monday at a lower Manhattan cemetery after eight sticks of the military explosive C4 were found there.  There was no detonator with the C4.  Hours before, a rambling note was found on the windshield of a police cruiser in front of the nearby ninth precinct headquarters.

The note contained religious statements in it and authorities are looking into it.  So far, they see no connection between the note and the explosives. 

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