Paul George Dandan, a 30-year-old who worked as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, was charged with acquiring, possessing and transporting "a weapon of mass destruction", the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement issued Friday. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App Paul Dandan was working in the Charlotte Douglas airport at the time of his arrest, sources say.
The Mecklenberg County Sheriff's Office website shows Dandan was being held at the county jail Friday night on $45,000 bond.
Dandan got the bomb from his room mate, a 39-year-old identified as Derrick Fells, media reported. CMPD later confirmed the object in question was a homemade pipe bomb.
CMPD's bomb squad confirmed the device was a homemade pipe bomb.
The Federal Aviation Administration told WCNC-TV that Dandan was sacked from his job at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after his arrest.
"The FAA has terminated the employee's access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement authorities", officials said in a statement.
Weapons of mass destruction are described by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as any device "designed or intend to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors".
The charges stemmed from a 911 call on November 3 reporting that someone had a homemade explosive device in the 300 block of Minitree Lane, police said late Friday.
Federal law says that a weapon of mass destruction can be a bomb, a grenade, a rocket, a missile, a mine or other similar weapons created to kill and seriously hurt people. He admitted to detectives that he made the bomb in order to use it against a neighbor. Fells decided not use the Pipe Bomb and instead gave the pipe bomb to Dandon, an acquaintance. who works for the FAA.