US Rep.: Soldier had 5 pounds of C4 in carry-on

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 5:57 PM
US Rep.: Soldier had 5 pounds of C4 in carry-on

A congressman says two 2.5-pound blocks of a powerful, military-grade explosive were found in a soldier's luggage at a West Texas airport.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland said Thursday that federal officials gave him details of the Saturday find in Trey Scott Atwater's luggage at Midland International Airport. Officials previously hadn't said how much of the material was found.

Conaway also said he takes the 30-year-old Fort Bragg soldier "at his word" that he was unaware the explosives were in his bag.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday to determine whether Atwater will remain in custody.

Authorities say Atwater's carry-on bag contained C4, which is used in Iraq and Afghanistan to blow the hinges off doors or destroy unexploded ordinance. Atwater grew up in Midland.