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Man Tries To Fly Back To Florida With Military Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher, TSA Says

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CBS) -- A man tried to fly back to Florida with a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher at Lehigh Valley International Airport on Monday, Transportation Security Administration officials said. The man, from St. Augustine, Florida, had it in his checked bag.

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The TSA says the man's bag triggered an alarm while going through the checked baggage security equipment.

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When TSA officers opened it, they found unassembled parts of a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher and a grenade inside. The bag also contained the weapon's barrel, trigger, and sights.

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The man, who was detained by police for questioning, told officials that he thought he could bring the grenade launcher on the flight in a checked bag. Officials confiscated the items and the man was able to catch his flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport.

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Officials determined that components of the device could be assembled, but it was not a functioning launcher and the grenade was a realistic replica. No realistic or replica weapons of military nature are allowed to be brought onto airplanes.

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