Man with explosives arrested at Philadelphia airport

Joseph Picklo (Philadelphia Police Department Mugshot)

March 29, 2012 2:08:45 PM PDT
A northeastern Pennsylvania man is facing a federal charge after police say he brought fireworks to Philadelphia International Airport while trying to catch a cross-country flight.

Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan says 29-year-old Joseph Picklo of Dallas, Pennsylvania is charged with possession of a destructive device for allegedly carrying explosives to a security checkpoint Thursday morning.

Authorities told our sister station, 6abc/Action News in Philadelphia, that Picklo described himself as a self-employed salesman who "likes to conduct experiments with explosives."

Authorities say he was found carrying a plastic bottle filled with explosives in his carry-on luggage.

The bottle, which was allegedly in Picklo's backpack, contained explosive (pyrotechnic) powder and three M-80 type fireworks, investigators told Action News.

A police spokeswoman said earlier the explosives may have been left in a bag accidentally. Sullivan says the situation is still under investigation.

An airport spokeswoman says the checkpoint was closed for about 30 minutes but no flights were delayed.

Information from and The Associated Press inclulded in this story.


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