A North Carolina air traffic controller is one of two men arrested Friday on charges related to weapons of mass destruction.
According to CBS News, Paul George Dandan, a 30-year-old who worked at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, was taken into custody Friday after authorities discovered he was in possession of a homemade pipe bomb he received from 39-year-old Derrick Fells.
Fells told authorities he created the bomb with the intention of using it against his neighbor; however, he changed his mind and ended up giving the bomb to Dandan.
Fells was charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, according to CBS News.
Dandan has been charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction, and transporting a weapon of mass destruction. He is being held on a $45,000 bond at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
The Federal Aviation Administration told CBS affiliate WBTV they have “terminated [Dandan's] access to the facility and is investigating.” They also said Dandan “only had access to the offsite Air Traffic Control Tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp. He did not have access to any aircraft at the airport.”
The FBI is now involved with the investigation; however, several media outlets report it's unlikely for federal charges to be filed.
The arrest stems from a 911 phone call placed on Nov. 3, according to the Washington Examiner. Authorities were notified that an individual was in possession of a homemade explosive device; the bomb squad responded and confirmed the device was a homemade pipe bomb.