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ATF: Carry-on held improvised explosive device

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 9:56 p.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says an item found in an oil worker's carry-on luggage at the Anchorage airport was an improvised explosive device.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/tBbqq1 ) that the unidentified man told officials he uses the homemade explosive for avalanche control and didn't intend to bring it with him on the plane Sunday.

ATF agent Michael Graham said Tuesday that "there was no malicious intent" behind the device.

Graham says ATF agents found four similar devices in the man's home. If the agency determines they're "destructive," he could face charges.

The ATF plans to present its findings to the U.S. attorney's office in about a week, and prosecutors will decide whether to press charges.

The device led to an hourlong shutdown of airport security screening.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com