Airport Worker Just Arrested With WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION – Here’s What We Know


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An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has just been arrested, after officials found a weapon of mass destruction in his possession. In the wake of the Texas mass shooting, this is sparking new concerns for national safety and terrorist attacks.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers responded to a 911 call, reporting that someone was in possession of a homemade explosive device, or “weapon of mass destruction.” Members of the CMPD Bomb Squad have since raided the man’s house and confirmed that it was a homemade weapon.

Derrick Fells, 30, claimed that he constructed the home made pipe bomb to use against his neighbor during their ongoing arguments. He claims that he then changed his mind however, and gave it away to Paul George Dandan, 30, who was a full time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The FAA employee only had access to the offsite air traffic control tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp,” airport officials said. “He did not have access to any aircraft in the airport,” they added. Many are still unconvinced, and worried for their safety.

WSOCTV reports:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport received a homemade pipe bomb from his roommate, police said.

The two Charlotte residents were charged with manufacturing and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers responded to 315 Minitree Lane near Mount Holly Road after someone called 911 about someone who was in possession of a homemade explosive device. 

Members of the CMPD Bomb Squad also responded and confirmed that it was a homemade pipe bomb. 

Derrick Fells, 30, constructed the device and admitted that he had made the bomb in order to use it against a neighbor during their ongoing dispute.

Fells changed his mind and gave it away to Paul George Dandan, 30, who was a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration working out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

Dandan is a volunteer with the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

“The FAA employee only had access to the offsite air traffic control tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp,” airport officials said in a news release. “He did not have access to any aircraft at the Airport.” 

Detectives on Friday obtained warrants for both men and they were arrested.

Dandan was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.

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

“The FAA has terminated the employee’s access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement authorities,” FAA officials said in a news release.

Thankfully nobody was hurt, but this could have easily turned into a terrible situation—while it’s uncertain whether or not the men were motivated by radical ideologies or simply too dumb to realize what they were doing, one thing is certain: in a post 9/11 age where thousands have already died from terrorism, threats like these are not taken lightly.

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