A Pennsylvania man was arrested after attempting to bring an explosive device on a flight on Feb. 27.
Marc Muffley, 40, was arrested by FBI agents on Monday night after he allegedly attempted to bring an explosive device onto an Allegiant Airlines flight from Lehigh Valley International Airport headed to Orlando Sanford International Airport on Feb. 27.
After staff with Allegiant Airlines checked Muffley’s bag, TSA agents were alerted to the “presence of suspicious items,” an affidavit states.
When TSA agents physically inspected the bag, a “circular compound, approximately three inches in diameter, wrapped in a wax-like paper and clear plastic wrap hidden in the lining of the baggage” was located, according to court records.
When multiple FBI agents went to the airport to inspect the object and put it through an x-ray machine, it was determined that the bag contained a “granular type of powder” that is “consistent with a commercial grade firework.”
“This granular powder is suspected to be a mixture of flash powder and the dark granulars that are used in commercial grade fireworks,” the court document states. The bag also allegedly contained “a can of butane, a lighter, a pipe with white powder residue, a wireless drill with cordless batteries, and two GFCI outlets taped together with black tape.”