An Illinois man tried to bring a dozen fireworks, a hatchet, five knives, a 9-inch folding saw, three rope cutters and two smoke grenades through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Tuesday, officials said.
Mitchell Crawford, 21, of South Elgin told Transportation Security Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority officers that the prohibited items in his backpack were from a camping trip, which police were able to verify, MdTA police spokesman Lt. Kevin Ayd said.
A TSA investigator determined the fireworks and smoke grenades were incendiary devices, not explosives, Ayd said. Crawford was questioned and charged with interference with security procedures and a violation of security regulations.
"We've got to stress this, that people carefully check their carry-on items," Ayd said.