By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/15/2013 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
"We're doing what we usually do, but we're just more exposed today just because of what's going on," Los Angeles International, or LAX Airport Police Officer Robert Corchado says. The fact remains that nerves here remain rattled after the detonation of dry ice bombs around the facility this past weekend. There were no injuries, but security remains on a high state of alert.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The most recent detonation happened Monday night when one dry ice bomb exploded. In addition, two plastic bottles containing dangerous material were found at the Tom Bradley International Terminal in a restricted area, according to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Gus Villanueva.
Another dry ice device exploded inside an employee bathroom at LAX's Terminal 2. on Sunday. No one was hurt.
Airport police and a bomb squad cleared the items. Extra police patrols and bomb sniffing dogs remained at the airport. No flights have been delayed on account of the incidents and it's business as usual.
Investigators have noted that the bombs were left in areas of the airport that requires special clearance for access.
"At least they found unexploded ones," passenger Bing Smith said. "I don't know frankly what to think about somebody getting to limited access areas that require a badge."
Part of the problem for investigators is a gap in security camera coverage throughout the airport, LAPD Counter-terrorism Chief Michael Downing says.
"We're looking at all the evidence, all the footage we can, but there is an issue with some of the restricted areas," Downing said. "They don't have cameras, so this produces a bit of a challenge."
There is no indication that either incident was part of a terrorist act. The FBI is aiding the LAPD in the investigation.
"We will vigorously prosecute this individual and somebody is going to go to prison over this," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
Those who took cell phone video footage during either incident are encouraged to contact authorities.
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