Bombs Targeted Workers At FAA Contract Tower
Three bombs exploded and police detonated two others on Friday morning at the homes of five workers who staff the contract tower at Walker Field Airport in Grand Junction, Colo. Nobody was hurt in the blasts, and the apparently homemade devices did little damage. At our deadline, authorities were searching for an individual -- a former air traffic controller employed by the subcontractor, who was fired about two years ago. Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are handling the case. ATF agents said the bombs could have been intended to do much worse damage. "By definition a bomb is deadly," agent Tom Mangan told The Grand Junction Sentinel. "He added an additional form of lethality by adding an incendiary accelerant. The blasts could have caught the houses on fire." Investigators say timing devices detonated the bombs, so the suspect had about eight hours to leave the area before the search for him began.