Man arrested at Oklahoma City airport released on bail

Friday, August 12th 2005, 6:39 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An affidavit says a University of Oklahoma student accused of bringing a small explosive device into an airport told federal agents the item was basically a pipe bomb.

Charles Alfred Dreyling was released from custody yesterday on $10,000.00 bail after appearing in federal court.

Federal agents arrested Dreyling Wednesday morning at a Will Rogers World Airport security checkpoint after a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed something suspicious in his carryon luggage as it went through an x-ray machine.

According to the affidavit, Dreyling told authorities he built the device for entertainment value and forgot that it was in his bag.

The affidavit says Dreyling told authorities he learned as a teenager how to build homemade explosives from Web sites like ``The Anarchist's Cook Book.''

The device was described as a carbon dioxide cartridge filled with gunpowder that could be detonated when connected to a power source such as the batteries Dreyling had in his electric razor and in his cell phone.