A northeastern Pennsylvania man is facing a federal charge after police say he brought fireworks to Philadelphia International Airport while trying to catch a cross-country flight.
Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan says 29-year-old Joseph Picklo is charged with possession of a destructive device for allegedly carrying explosives to a security checkpoint Thursday morning.
Sullivan says Picklo had “commercial grade M-80s” in a backpack. He says Picklo told investigators he has a professional interest in the explosives.
A police spokeswoman said earlier the explosives may have been left in a bag accidentally. Sullivan says the situation is still under investigation.
The Dallas, Pa., man remains in custody. A phone listing for him could not immediately be located.
An airport spokeswoman says the checkpoint was closed for about 30 minutes but no flights were delayed.