Police Arrest Second Idiot Involved in LAX Dry Ice Bombs
Authorities have added a second arrest in their investigation of those three dry ice bombs planted last week at Los Angeles International airport. We're going to get to the details down below, but first let's dispense with some necessary unpleasantries: when NPR wrote that the "prank bombs... caused paranoia" at LAX, that was staggeringly moronic.
Dry ice bombs of any kind can be filled with shrapnel and metal fragments, and ice bombs made out of glass bottles can - quote unquote - require "major operative intervention," to say nothing of taking lives. These things are bad news and shutting down an airport as they're exploding is not paranoia. The geniuses who set them off - employees of Serviceair, which does baggage handling and cleaning at LAX - are very rightly in a world of legal hurt. Just building dry ice bombs is a felony in Los Angeles, let alone exploding them in an airport.
In any case, here are the facts as they've filtered out. Dicarlo Bennett is a 28-year-old who works for Servisair. He planted two dry ice bottles around LAX: one in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2 and one on the tarmac. The Associated Press quotes the police saying that Bennett was just a really curious guy, and that he "did this for his own amusement." The people who were stuck as LAX got shut down, we imagine, were less amused.
News came this weekend that Bennett's supervisor, 41-year-old Miguel Iniguez, has also been arrested. The specific charges he faces involve "possession a destructive device near an aircraft" and his bail was set at $500,000. Apparently he planted a third bomb, on the tarmac like bomb number two.
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