Airport Worker Accused Of Making Pipe Bomb

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A screener at Dayton International Airport was arrested and accused of making a pipe bomb, but authorities said they do not believe anyone at the airport was at risk.

Jack E. Martin, 22, of Eaton, was charged with conspiracy to make a destructive device. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Friday.

The FBI said Martin was making a pipe bomb in a friend's garage near Eaton on Feb. 26 when it exploded, blowing off his left index finger.

Martin told deputies he was making the bomb so he and a friend could blow up old vehicles for fun.

Airport police said they notified the FBI last week of the incident.

Preble County Sheriff Tom Hayes said deputies did not know that Martin worked at the airport. He said the county prosecutor was reviewing the case for possible charges when the FBI contacted his office.

Martin worked for a private security company and was assigned to check passengers' identity outside the airport's security checkpoint. He did not have access to sensitive areas of the airport.

Stephen Morris, head of the FBI's Dayton office, said that although no one at the airport was at risk, the incident was closely scrutinized since Martin worked there.

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