North Carolina air traffic controller arrested for possessing weapon of mass destruction

(Courtesy: WFLA)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say an air traffic controller at a North Carolina airport has been arrested on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Local media outlets report that the FBI says 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was arrested Friday in Charlotte. The FBI is assisting Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police with the investigation but said federal charges aren’t expected against Dandan at this point.

Officials have learned the weapon was a homemade pipe bomb.. U.S. law defines WMDs as ranging from explosive devices to biological weapons.

The Federal Aviation Administration told WCNC-TV that Dandan was fired from his job at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after his arrest.

The Mecklenberg County Sheriff’s Office website shows Dandan was being held at the county jail Friday night on $45,000 bond.