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Airport Employee Arrested in LAX Dry Ice Explosions


ABC lax airport ml 131015 16x9 992?  SQUARESPACE CACHEVERSION=1381900205523ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles International Airport employee has been arrested in connection with the dry ice explosions during a two-day span earlier this week at one of the nation’s busiest airports, police said in a statement.

Dicarlo Bennett, 28, is being held on $1 million bond and faces one charge of possession of an explosive or destructive device near an aircraft.

Bennett is an employee of Servisair, a company that does baggage handling and ramp services at LAX, ABC News has learned.

It’s unclear whether Bennett has entered a plea.

“We are aware of the situation,” Servisair said in a statement to ABC News.  “We have no comment at this time.”

Bennett’s motives are unclear. Police had previously said they didn’t believe the explosions were an act of terror but could have been the work of a disgruntled employee.  

Authorities poured over surveillance video looking for clues and interviewed workers at the airport for two days before arresting Bennett.

No one was injured in either incident but police say dry ice can explode with the intensity of a pipe bomb.

Authorities say all the bombs were found in restricted areas away from passengers.  The first explosion happened Sunday in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2.  Another exploded Monday night by the tarmac.

A third bomb was disabled before it was detonated, according to police.  A fourth bottle the Los Angeles Police Department originally thought was involved turned out to be trash.

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