Air traffic controller accused of carrying pipe bomb released from jail

Danny Woods
November 12, 2017

An air traffic controller was arrested Friday and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction after authorities said they found a pipe bomb at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dandan was charged with one count each of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transport of a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was released from jail Saturday morning. CMPD bomb squad also responded and confirmed that the suspect did in fact have a homemade pipe bomb.

Paul Dandan, an air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, was one of two men arrested Friday in connection with an explosive device discovered in their home last week, according to law enforcement.

The investigation led police to another man, Derrick Fells, 39, who, they say, created the device.

The charges stemmed from a 911 call on November 3 reporting that someone had a homemade explosive device in the 300 block of Minitree Lane, police said late Friday.

Following Dandan's arrest, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) terminated his access to the airport.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Fells had created a pipe bomb that he meant to use on a neighbor whom he was feuding with.

Investigators have yet to reveal what kind of weapon was in Dandan's possession.

Records show that Dandan was arrested in Charlotte in March 2015 for the misdemeanor offense of "assault on a female". Fells told detectives he made the bomb in order to use it against a neighbor.

Fells was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction.

WikipediaThe atrium of the passenger terminal at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Fells decided not use the Pipe Bomb and instead gave the pipe bomb to Dandon, an acquaintance. who works for the FAA.

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