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Las Vegas Man Pleads Guilty to Pipe Bomb Charges for Attempting to Board an Aircraft with Hazardous Materials

On May 1, Steve Dion Nobles pled guilty to making a pipe bomb. On October 30, 2008, a federal grand jury had indicted Mr. Nobles for numerous charges including the illegal transportation of hazardous materials. On October 16, 2008, Mr. Nobles attempted to board Southwest Airlines flight 384 from Long Island’s MacArthur Airport, New York, destined for Las Vegas. After checking several pieces of luggage with the airline, Mr. Nobles proceeded to go through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening where it was discovered that he was carrying a pipe bomb in his carry–on luggage. Explosives (fireworks and nail–gun rounds) were also contained in his checked luggage. Mr. Nobles stated that he made the bomb a few days prior to the 4th of July 2008 with powder from M80, Black Cat firecrackers, smoke bombs, and nail gun powder, all of which are hazardous materials. According to Nobles he intended to use the bomb as part of a 4th of July celebration in Las Vegas. Under the federal sentencing guidelines Mr. Nobles faces a suggested sentence of 27 to 33 months imprisonment when he is sentenced later this year. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. This case was investigated by DOT/OIG and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.