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October 17, 2013

Curious worker set off dry ice bombs

LOS ANGELES — A baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport planted the three devices out of curiosity, police said Wednesday.

The motive was disclosed a day after the arrest of Dicarlo Bennett, 28, an employee for Servisair.

“I think we can safely say he is not a terrorist or an organized crime boss. He did this for his own amusement,” said Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing.

No one was hurt Sunday when a plastic bottle packed with dry ice exploded in an employee bathroom and another blew up on the airport’s tarmac. An employee found a third plastic bottle expanding Monday night on the tarmac near where the other exploded, said LAPD Capt. Steve Sambar.

Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said Bennett used dry ice that had been discarded into a container on the airfield after it was used to maintain the freshness of food being loaded onto a plane.

Airport officials plan to meet with law enforcement authorities to examine potential security enhancements at one of the nation’s busiest airports.

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