A A Pennsylvania man faces federal criminal charges after an explosive device was discovered in the lining of his checked bag at a Pennsylvania airport, authorities announced Wednesday.
Marc Muffley, 40, has been charged with two federal felonies, including possession of an explosive device at an airport and possession or attempt to place an explosive or incendiary device on an aircraft, a criminal complaint detailed obtained by Politico.
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The device was found hidden in the lining of Muffley’s suitcase, prosecutors allege, which he had checked into Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania on Monday. The flight was bound for Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida.
This airport surveillance camera image released in an FBI affidavit shows alleged suspect Marc Muffley at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. Muffley was arrested Monday after an explosive device was found in a checked bag on a Florida-bound flight, federal authorities said. (FBI via AP)
Airport security discovered the circular device during the process of checking checked bags. The device was about 3 inches in diameter and was covered by a clear plastic wrap, according to the complaint.
An FBI bomb technician who X-rayed the compound said it contained a granular powder that is “suspected to be a mixture of flash powder and dark granules used in commercial-grade fireworks,” according to Politico.
A short fuse was also attached to the device, and a slower-burning “hobby fuse” was added to the device after manufacture, authorities said. Because the device and dust are susceptible to ignition from heat and friction, it poses a “significant risk to the aircraft and passengers,” the criminal complaint said.
Muffley was arrested by the FBI on Monday night after fleeing the airport when his name was called over the airport’s public address system. Authorities were able to track him to his home in Lansford, Pennsylvania, where he was arrested.
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“The FBI arrested 40-year-old Marc Muffley without incident at his residence in Lansford, Pa., Monday night,” an FBI spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.
He remains in custody and is awaiting a probable cause hearing Thursday in Allentown. Muffley will attend the hearing via video conference.