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ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT

Another suspicious package has been found at the Asheville Regional Airport.

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Officials say the alert came after an unattended bag was found inside the airport.

The airport was evacuated while authorities secured the area.

Last Friday, authorities with the Asheville Regional Airport said a suspicious package found curbside outside the baggage claim area. Turns out it was an unattended backpack and nothing dangerous was found.

FROM EARLIER REPORTS:

The man accused in connection with last Friday morning’s scare at the Asheville Regional Airport is now facing some serious charges.

Federal agents have accused Michael Christoper Estes of planting a mason jar filled with explosive chemicals and nails at the Asheville Regional Airport last week.
Court documents released Tuesday accuse Estes of attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosives at an airport.

The criminal complaint written by an FBI agent says investigators found a mason jar containing ammonium nitrate, nails and a shotgun cartridge Friday at the Asheville airport.
According to authorities, the the device left near a terminal entrance but was latr determined to be safe..

Estes was arrested Saturday, and the complaint says he acknowledged leaving the explosive device at the airport.
Estes is being held at the Buncombe County jail. He waived his right for preliminary hearing, and an arraignment will be next.
No date is announced yet for the arraignment.

According to news reports, Estes purchased materials from the Walmart and Lowes in Arden, and REI in Biltmore Park.
He used his membership card at REI, which is how authorities identified him.

That jar was discovered at the airport about 7 last Friday morning, and a part of the airport including Terminal Drive was shut down for a while during the investigation.

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