Air traffic controller arrested for allegedly possessing weapon of mass destruction

  • Air traffic controller arrested for allegedly possessing weapon of mass destruction

Air traffic controller arrested for allegedly possessing weapon of mass destruction

Fells was arrested while working at the airport after authorities found the pipe bomb as well as other weapons inside his home.

Dandan had some kind of explosive, which was not at the airport, sources say.

Dandan's roommate has also been arrested for having bomb-making materials, the Charlotte Observer.

According to WBTV, the Federal Aviation Administration said that Dandan "only had access to the offsite Air Traffic Control Tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp".

Paul Dandan, 30, has been charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and two counts of weapons offenses.

Paul George Dandan, 30, is charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.

Police first responded to call from a neighbor last week in Charlotte citing an individual who had been holding an explosive device.

Items that could make a pipe-bomb were found in Dandan's home, the source said. He is now being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

The Associated Press reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting local police with the investigation but does not expect to file federal charges against Dandan at this point.

Police said that Fells admitted building a pipe bomb to use against a neighbor, but later chose to give the explosive device to Dandan instead, WCNC and other local outlets reported.

The FAA also confirmed to WBTV that they had "terminated [Dandan's] access to the facility and is investigating".

Under North Carolina law, any explosive or incendiary devise is defined as a "weapon of mass destruction".