Police: Arrest Made in Airport Dry Ice Explosion


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(CNN) — A suspect was arrested in connection with one of the dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Tuesday.

The arrest come on the heels of two incidents at that airport on Sunday and Monday. The suspect, identifed as Dicarlo Bennett, 28,was accused of the Sunday incident, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

He is being held on a $1 million bond and faces a charge of possession of a explosive or destructive device near an aircraft.

Police did not release any information on the suspect or a possible motive.

On Sunday, dry ice in a plastic bottle exploded in an employee restroom at the airport, causing a brief shutdown of Terminal 2, the FBI said. No injuries were reported, and the terminal resumed operations after a brief evacuation.

The other incident occurred Monday at about 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, airport police said,

Three plastic bottles containing dry ice were found, but only one had exploded, police said.

CNN affiliate KCAL said the blast took place in an employee restroom, inaccessible to nonemployees. Nobody was injured in that incident.

Dry ice, which is carbon dioxide in solid form, is used as a refrigerant for meats and ice cream, especially when shipped in a box. When dry ice becomes warm, it transforms into vapor.

–By Dave Alsup, CNN

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