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More patrols after LAX dry ice blasts

LOS ANGELES — Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport saw stepped-up security patrols on Wednesday following the arrest of a baggage handler in connection with a pair of small explosions involving dry ice, some of which was taken from an airplane.

Police have not determined a motive but said they don’t believe the explosions were an act of terror because of the locations of the devices and because people weren’t targeted.

No one was hurt when plastic bottles packed with dry ice exploded in secured areas of the airport Sunday night. An unexploded device was found Monday night.

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On Tuesday, police arrested Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair. He was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft and held on $1 million bail.

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The increased patrols were to continue at least through Wednesday.

Bennett took dry ice from a plane and placed a loaded bottle in a bathroom, according to a law enforcement official.

Associated Press