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FBI: Asheville Airport explosive device person of interest 'detained' by police

Authorities have identified the person of interest in the explosive device placed at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday as Michael Christopher Estes, 46. (Photo credit: Asheville Police Department)

The person of interest in Friday's explosive device incident at the Asheville Airport, Michael Christopher Estes, has been detained, the FBI said in a press release Saturday.

A caller recognized him from media reports, and he was detained by the Asheville Police Department officers without incident Saturday morning along Airport Road.

The investigation is ongoing, and will be turned over to federal authorities.

On Friday, authorities with the Asheville Regional Airport said a suspicious package found curbside outside the baggage claim area.

Tina Kinsey, a spokesperson with the Asheville Regional Airport, told News 13 that the package was discovered Friday morning at around 7 a.m. A portion of the terminal was evacuated, Terminal Drive was shut down, and emergency response teams were called in.

Just after 8:30 a.m., crews secured the situation and reopened the area to travelers.

The Asheville Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Asheville Regional Airport Police Department are working in coordination to further investigate this incident.

The FBI stated Saturday that additional details about the investigation will be released "when appropriate "by the FBI or the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of North Carolina.


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