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Man with pipe bomb at Canadian airport pleads guilty, gets probation

EDMONTON, Alberta, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A man allowed to board a plane in Edmonton, Alberta, after his pipe bomb was confiscated was sentenced to probation and a fine.

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority spokesman Mathieu Larocque did not address why Skylar Murphy, 18, was allowed to board the plane after he was caught with the device, only telling the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "screening officers do not have the authority to apprehend or detain passengers," the CBC reported Wednesday.

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Murphy was caught with the pipe bomb Sept. 20. Airport security took the device, but he was given the go-ahead to board the flight, the CBC said.

He was arrested Sept. 27, and pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to possession of an explosive device. He was sentenced to one year probation, received a $100 fine, is prohibited from possessing explosives or firearms for a year and must make a $500 contribution to the University of Alberta burn unit.

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