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Man Arrested With Fuses, Grenade At John Wayne Airport [UPDATED]

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Chances are, if you put artillery fuses or grenades in your luggage, the airport officials are going to catch it.

A 27-year-old year old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to bring three military artillery fuses and a sting ball grenade in his luggage, prompting a 90 minute shutdown of Terminal C.

The devices were discovered in the man's bag, which was checked to a flight from John Wayne Airport to Denver. Transportation Security Administration staff screened the luggage after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told City News Service and promptly alerted the bomb squad.

The discovery prompted an evacuation of Gate 21 and shut down Terminal C. All 130 passengers aboard the Frontier Airlines flight were escorted off the flight, including the suspect, CBS 2 reports.

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The man, whose name has not been released, had nothing suspicious in his carry-on luggage.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in a prohibited area of the airport. The grenade is the type that projects rubber pellets, officials said. It and the fuses were not in danger of detonating if they had remained undetected, they say.

Military officials were summoned to take possession of the devices Hallock said. Airport operations were back to normal by about 3:30 p.m., although several flights were delayed.

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Gregory Salyer (Photo via OCSD)
UPDATED, 2:12 P.M. Authorities have released the suspect's name: Gregory Salyer, 23, of Kentucky. Salyer, who was recently discharged from the military, was also found with a small knife in his carry-on bag along with about 300 steroid and Adderall pills, CBS reports. Initial reports said that "nothing suspicious" was found in his carry-on luggage.

No word on what Salyer had planned with all that.

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