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Bend Man Arrested for Explosive Device at Redmond Airport


Some flights at the Redmond Municipal Airport were delayed for a short time Thursday morning after a possible explosive device is found in a passengers' possession.  Joseph Seeley, 24, of Bend was detained by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners and then arrested by Redmond Police after discovery of the device in the screening area.  Lt. Nathan Garibay with Redmond Police says because it is an open investigation, they can't identify the device but says there are many items that can be considered explosive.

 

"Firecrackers are not considered explosives. Other items that can be considered as explosives are actually listed in the statutes such as, blasting agents and explosives and dynamite, things like that. I can tell you that this was not a large explosive device, it was something that, at this point, we're comfortable saying that there is no threat to public safety."  Garibay says upon further investigation they determined that Seeley did not intend to cause harm or flight delays; but there was a slight delay until Seely was taken to the police station and charged with possession of an explosive with a license or permit.  The matter has been turned over to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney to consider further charges. 


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