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Charlotte police: Air traffic controller possessed 'weapon of mass destruction'

Charlotte police: Air traffic controller possessed 'weapon of mass destruction'

Paul George Dandan, a 30-year-old who worked as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, was charged with acquiring, possessing and transporting "a weapon of mass destruction", the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement issued Friday. Fells told police that he had planned to use the bomb against a neighbor with whom he had a feud, but he changed his mind and gave it to Dandan, an air traffic controller at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. He is being held on a $45,000 secured bond. This information apparently came via an admission from Fells himself.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police received a tip that someone had a pipe bomb at a home in northwest Charlotte.

They said a man named Derrick Fells, 39, had constructed the device.

Around 10:30 a.m., CMPD officers responded to 315 Minitree Ln.in response to reports of a person in possession of a homemade explosive device. It is not alleged that either Dandan or Fells actually attempted to use the DIY cylinder of violence.

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Fells was also arrested Friday and charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Weapons of mass destruction are described by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as any device "designed or intend to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors". Each man was charged by the state and federal charges are not anticipated at this time, according to the FBI. He is now being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $45,000 bond.

The FAA confirmed to NBC Charlotte that Dandan's access to the airport was terminated following his arrest Friday afternoon.


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