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Dicarlo Bennett, LAX contractor, arrested in connection with dry ice explosions

Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee at Los Angeles International Airport, is accused of setting off dry ice explosions in airport terminals. Charlie Rose reports.

Arrest made in connection with LAX dry ice bombs
Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old ground worker at Los Angeles International Airport, is accused of setting off dry ice explosions in and near two airport terminals
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - An airport employee was arrested Tuesday in connection with dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.

Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was taken into custody and charged with possessing and exploding a "destructive device near an aircraft," according to a statement from police.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly told the AP Bennett took the dry ice from a plane and placed it in an employee restroom Sunday night, as well as another device that was found on a tarmac outside the international terminal.

Police had previously said they didn't believe the explosions were an act of terror but could be the work of a disgruntled employee.

No one was injured in either incident.

The bombs were made by putting dry ice in 20-ounce plastic bottles and could have caused serious injury to anyone in close proximity, said Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who heads the department's counter-terrorism and special operations bureau.

One device explodedin an employee men's room Sunday night in Terminal 2. Remnants of an exploded bottle also were found that night on the tarmac area near the Tom Bradley International Terminal, but an employee threw it away.

While there are cameras in some of these restricted-access areas, Downing said there isn't as much camera coverage as in the public-access areas and investigators had been reviewing available video.

Dry ice is widely used by vendors to keep food fresh.

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