Cargo Bomb Was Set to Explode Over US

Timer was too short to make it to Chicago synagogue

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2010 2:26 PM CST

(Newser) – One of the bombs hidden inside a toner cartridge sent from Yemen probably would have exploded while the plane was over the eastern US had it not been discovered by British authorities, says Scotland Yard. Instead, investigators acting on a tip from Saudi Arabia removed the device from the plane and deactivated it with about 3 hours to spare, notes the BBC. A second bomb was intercepted in Dubai.

In this Oct. 30 2010 file photo, FedEx and UPS cargo planes sit on the tarmac of the north cargo terminal area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.
In this Oct. 30 2010 file photo, FedEx and UPS cargo planes sit on the tarmac of the north cargo terminal area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)
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