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Suspected Terrorist Attempted To Ignite Explosive At North Carolina Airport

Suspected terrorist Michael Christopher Estes planted a planted a Mason jar filled with explosive chemicals and nails at a North Carolina airport and threatened to 'fight a war on U.S. soil' according to CBS News. (photo credit: Asheville Police Dept.)

Suspected terrorist Michael Christopher Estes planted a planted a Mason jar filled with explosive chemicals and nails at a North Carolina airport and threatened to 'fight a war on U.S. soil' according to CBS News.

Court documents say authorities found the improvised explosive device around 7 a.m. Friday at Asheville Regional Airport. It contained ammonium nitrate and Sterno fuel, along with steel wool that was then wrapped around nails and a .410 gauge Winchester shotgun cartridge, the complaint says.An alarm clock was taped to the outside of the jar with matches attached to the arm that strikes the bells, according to court documents. The alarm had been set for Friday at 6, the complaint says.

The defendant admitted to the crime.

"Estes described how he created the device ... and then rigged the alarm clock to strike the matches and cause the flame necessary to trigger the device," the complaint states. "More specifically, the alarm clock would go off, the matches would strike, the Sterno would heat up, and then the Ammonium Nitrate would explode."

He is being held in custody.

He was being held at the Buncombe County jail without bond after a brief court hearing Tuesday. Jail records list him as a 46-year-old Native American.

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