An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport received a homemade pipe bomb from his roommate, police said.
The two Charlotte residents were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers responded to a 911 call about someone who was in possession of a homemade explosive device. Members of the CMPD Bomb Squad also responded and confirmed that it was a homemade pipe bomb.
Derrick Fells, 30, constructed the device and admitted that he had made the bomb in order to use it against a neighbor during their ongoing dispute.
Fells changed his mind and gave it away to his roommate, Paul George Dandan, 30, who was a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration working out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Dandan is a volunteer with the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
“The FAA employee only had access to the offsite air traffic control tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp,” airport officials said in a news release. “He did not have access to any aircraft at the Airport.”
Dandan was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.
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 North Carolina law, a weapon of mass destruction includes any explosive device, such as a bomb, grenade or rocket.
“The FAA has terminated the employee’s access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement authorities,” FAA officials said in a news release.