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 Man charged with bringing pipe bomb on airplane 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:35 am 
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Man charged with bringing pipe bomb on airplane
BY ROBERT E. KESSLER and JOHN VALENTI | robert.kessler@newsday.com john.valenti@newsday.com
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-li ... 8707.story

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A Las Vegas man attempted to bring a pipe bomb on board a jet at Long Island MacArthur Airport yesterday morning, federal officials said in court documents.

The suspected pipe bomb that was found in Steven Nobles' baggage "could have functioned. It could have detonated," federal prosecutor John Durham said at Nobles' arraignment in U.S. District Court in Central Islip late yesterday afternoon.

But Nobles' attorney, federal public defender Randi Chavis, said Nobles, 20, had not intended to harm anyone and inadvertently placed the device in his luggage as he was returning to visit his mother after a year of working on Long Island.

Sources familiar with the investigation said that at this point federal prosecutors and FBI agents do not believe Nobles was bent on terrorism, but, at the very least, displayed poor judgment.

Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for Eastern District U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell, said it was not clear whether the bomb could have gone off accidentally. FBI agents and Suffolk police were still analyzing the device, Nardoza said.

Federal prosecutor Durham argued that Nobles should be denied bail.

Federal magistrate Kathleen Tomlinson denied bail to Nobles, pending a hearing today, saying Nobles "certainly was old enough to take into the account the circumstances under which he was operating this morning."
According to a complaint filed by FBI agent James McCarthy, Nobles was stopped at 7:28 a.m. by Transportation Security Administration officers during a routine search when they noticed a 7-inch-long knife in his carry-on bag. Nobles was preparing to board Southwest Flight 384 to Las Vegas.

After searching Nobles' bag, the officers then noticed the bomb, McCarthy said.


Great... The TSA found a knife but not the bomb in their screening machines. What good are they then?

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Suffolk Police and the FBI were called and part of the airport was temporarily evacuated.

A search of Nobles' luggage found "explosive fireworks, electrical circuit boards, a battery with electrical tape and 14 . . . .22-caliber rounds used in a nailgun to drive nails into concrete," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said in the complaint that Nobles told him that "the device in the carry-on bag was a pipe bomb." Nobles also said he "built the pipe bomb using a metal pipe, fuses and gunpowder from M-80 fireworks, smoke bombs and other fireworks," McCarthy said. In addition, the agent said Nobles told him he hoped that when the device went off it would "cause a giant smoke cloud, a flash of light and hopefully a loud noise," McCarthy said.

However, Nobles "denied intending to detonate the pipe bomb on the airplane and claimed that he had inadvertently carried it to the airport," McCarthy said.


How do you inadvertantly carry a 7in knife and a pipebomb on your carry on luggage??? Are you serious?

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In addition to being charged with bringing a pipe bomb on an airplane, Nobles was also charged with bringing fireworks on an airplane, which are considered explosive or incendiary devices under federal law, and a concealed weapon, the knife. Nobles faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

Nobles' stepsister, Alexandria Stills, said whatever Nobles was doing, he would never intentionally hurt anyone.

"I'm sure Steven is giving the police his information. He's a good kid," said Stills, 20, of Central Islip. "I don't think that he had anything to do with any type of bomb. He does electrical work. I'm thinking that whatever he had in his bag was related to his work."

Staff writers Laura Rivera and Stacey Altherr contributed to this story.


What do explosives have to do with electrical work?... Just asking.

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