Another airport discovery of explosives - third in as many weeks

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

11 April 2007: First, there were two “flash-bang” grenades - the type that create a bright flash, loud noise and smoke, that were found in a waste container by a cleaning crew on Friday, March 30, 2007 in a men’s rest room at Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

Then, on Sunday, April 8, 2007, a “modified firecracker,” was found in a bathroom near the baggage claim area at terminal one at the San Antonio International Airport. In that instance, one official described the device as being “intentionally placed” where it was found, and looked like a large firecracker with wires exposed and “other items” attached to the device.

On Tuesday, April 10, 2007, two shotgun shells were found in a trash can inside of the men’s restroom at the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire. The discovery resulted in a portion of the Manchester Airport being evacuated, delaying a few outbound flights and requiring the re-screening of about 100 people who had already been screened by TSA officials.

An inquiry with the Transportation Security Administration by the Northeast Intelligence Network for their assessment on these events remains pending at this time.


Incident at San Antonio Airport

Incident at Reagan National Airport