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Man Found With Explosives at Airport Being Held

Police are now releasing the name of the man accused of bringing explosives through Midland International Airport.
MIDLAND -- Police are now releasing the name of the man accused of bringing explosives through Midland International Airport.

Trey Scott Atwater was going through security when the TSA found something unusual. Police say they located "military grade" explosives within his luggage.

"They secured the checkpoint, secured the people, evacuated the airport, " said MPD Sgt. Brian Rackow.

Then bomb-sniffing dogs went through the terminal and garage, checking for any other signs of explosives. A short time later people were allowed to go back inside the terminal and normal operations resumed.

Atwater was taken away for questioning by the FBI. Police say he was being very cooperative, and said he had been in Texas visiting family. From Midland he was heading to Dallas, and ultimately back to his base in North Carolina.

While it doesn't appear that Atwater had malevolent intent, experts say it's hard to believe this was an accident.

"No explosive would be an accident, " said Rackow. "It being of that type, it's not commercially available."

Atwater is now being held without bond at the Midland Detention Center. He could face charges from police, as well as the military.
 
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