Bomb-making instructions found in bags near Fairbanks airport

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two bags containing bomb-making instructions and military materials were found in the woods next to Fairbanks International Airport during a routine security patrol, airport police said.

After talking to the bag's owner Monday, police concluded there was no threat, said Chuck Grandy, chief of the Airport Police and Fire Department.

The bags were found Sunday near the Airport Industrial Road turnoff.

Police notified other area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Joe Cunningham, 39, who was last known to be living in North Pole. Grandy said Cunningham was identified by Alaska Airlines tickets found in the bags.

Police found Cunningham on Monday as he was returning for his bags. He told officers he was keeping the bags in the woods while he was between jobs and housing.

Cunningham was trained by the Coast Guard, which could explain the two explosives manuals in the bags, Grandy said. The bag also included a military uniform, patches and other military books.

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