Police believe dry ice explosions at L.A. airport were triggered by disgruntled worker
In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, travellers sit on stylized chairs and ottomans in a waiting area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at grand opening ceremonies at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:52AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:13PM EDT
LOS ANGELES -- Police believe two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport were triggered by a disgruntled employee and were not an act of terror.
Deputy Chief Michael Downing says the bombs made by putting dry ice in 567-gram bottles could have caused serious injury to anyone in close proximity, though no one was hurt. Police consider them as dangerous as pipe bombs.
Police have no specific suspect yet but believe the explosions were part of a labour dispute.
Downing says they're not treating the incident as terrorism because no innocent civilians were targeted.
One device exploded in an employee men's room Sunday. An exploded bottle was found that night on the tarmac near the international terminal, but an employee threw it away. The same employee found an unexploded bottle Monday evening and then reported what he found earlier.