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March 7, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Authorities called in the bomb squad early Tuesday and diverted a flight to Las Vegas after Los Angeles International Airport security screeners found hidden wires and other objects in a body cavity of a Philadelphia-bound passenger. Fadhel Al-Maliki, a 35-year-old Iraqi national living in Atlantic City, N.J., had been flagged by security officials at LAX and was undergoing a secondary "selectee screening" when he set off a metal detector.
September 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Authorities at Long Beach Airport detonated a suspicious package found in a rental car Monday, an airport spokeswoman said. No explosives were found. The investigation prompted airport officials to close the terminal, although people who had already passed through security were allowed to stay inside, airport spokeswoman Sharon Diggs-Jackson said. Airport employees were not evacuated. The airport reopened about two hours after the package was found at 8:30 a.m.
November 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A bomb squad in Perryopolis blew up a metal pipe that had a battery, wires, rope and an electrical switch, only to discover that it was an eighth-grade science project. "An electromagnetic fishing pole," Allegheny County Bomb Squad Sgt. Robert Clark said, holding what was left of the contraption. A clerk found the device -- made from 3 feet of half-inch metal pipe -- near the greeting cards display at a drugstore.
July 17, 2005 | Steve Lopez, Reach the columnist at and read previous columns at
I got the call just after 7 p.m. Thursday. Lt. Justin Eisenberg from the LAPD bomb squad told me to meet him near Los Angeles International Airport. "We've got a report of a pipe bomb," he said. I fumbled for my keys and notebook, then raced down the Harbor Freeway to the 105 West. But before I take you there: I had spent the earlier part of that day with the bomb squad, which has been run ragged since the London bombings.
August 18, 2004 | From Newsday
Scores of bomb-sniffing dogs belonging to city, state and federal agencies will be working overtime scouting for explosives at high-profile locales during the Republican National Convention. "The name of the game is don't put them together," said William Morange, director of security of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, whose 18 dogs are expected to comb Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and trains serving the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.
September 21, 2003 | John Balzar, John Balzar is a senior features writer for The Times.
A thousand lessons must be learned here. Then a thousand more. One of them is that metal can attract a spark of static electricity. And in the proximity of an unstable chemical like dynamite, even the tiniest of sparks could be the very last thing that happens in your life. It bears notice that no one in this room is wearing a steel wristwatch. Might as well be as cautious as you can. Particularly if you've already thrown so many ordinary ideas of prudence to the wind. It is 6 a.m.
All work at the Port of Long Beach--a major component of the largest harbor complex in the nation--was shut down ahead of normal closing time Friday afternoon after a "suspicious device" was found in a cargo container. A sheriff's bomb squad determined three hours later that the device was harmless. Long Beach Police Officer W.P. Lebaron described it as "an empty 20-gallon drum, loaded inside a car, with wires leading from it, and a flashing light on or near it."
April 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An abandoned car with a corpse inside blew up in a rural area south of Bogota, Colombia's capital, killing two police bomb experts. Police, who feared that the car they found held explosives, called the bomb squad. The car exploded when two experts tried to open a door. Two homemade mortars were later launched near the presidential palace in Bogota, but neither detonated. Police spent much of the day responding to reports of explosions and the discovery of bombs.
December 9, 2001 | DOUG SMITH and JENNIFER OLDHAM, Times Staff Writers
Det. Paul Robi got the tattoo just days after the terrorist attacks: a large American flag that covers one thick biceps. "I'm prepared to give my life for people I don't know," the bomb squad member and father of four declares matter-of-factly. The LAPD opened a new office for the squad at Los Angeles International Airport two weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks. On Sept.
October 2, 2001
The bomb squad was called out to Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center early Monday after hospital security found a suspicious object in the parking lot. The Nerf football appeared to have wiring and a possible explosive device inside. "They saw these wires in it and didn't know what it was," Capt. David Abrect of the Garden Grove Police Department said. The bomb squad used a robot to dismantle the football, which had a device inside that lights up when the ball is thrown.
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