A North Carolina man has been arrested by FBI on suspicion of attempting to carry military-grade explosives through a security checkpoint at an airport in Midland,Texas,federal authorities said today.
Trey Scott Atwater of Hope Mills was taken into federal custody yesterday after Transportation Security Administration agents spotted what they described as a suspicious item.
Atwater was stopped as he attempted to evade a security checkpoint after a suspicious item was noticed in a carry-on bag during an X-ray screening at the Midland International Airport,FBI spokesman Mark Morgan said in a statement.
Atwater has been arrested on a federal count of attempting to get on an aircraft with an explosive,Morgan said.
Neither the FBI nor the TSA identified the explosives,though CNN quoted a Midland spokeswoman as saying that the items were “wrapped in military grade wrapping” and are in the possession of the Midland Police Department.
“At no time was there any danger to the people at Midland International Airport or the community of Midland,Texas,” Morgan said.
The airport terminal was temporarily evacuated while authorities “conducted a sweep,and deemed all clear,” said Tasa Watts,the city spokeswoman.