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February 5th, 2014
09:56 PM ET

U.S. warns airlines of explosives in toothpaste tubes ahead of Olympics

Washington (CNN) - The United States is advising airlines with direct flights serving Russia to be aware of the possibility that explosive materials could be concealed in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday night.

Rep. Michael McCaul said the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to airlines flying into Russia warning of the potential threat.

The bulletin, the Texas Republican said, indicated that officials believed the explosives might be used during flights or smuggled into the city of Sochi, where competition at the Winter Olympics begins Thursday. The opening ceremony is Friday.

A U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that the cause for the Homeland Security alert was specific to the imminent start of the Games.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    In general, just seems like London 2012 was so much more of an optimistic & hopeful sense around the Olympic Games. Too bad...

    But hey: Some people, they can't believe– Jamaica, they have a bobsledding team.

    February 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  2. sez you

    Now its tooth paste? The US will stop at nothing to stick it to Putin for harboring Snowden. Talk about propaganda, this beats the cold war and us digging holes in the back yard. What the American people believe is astounding.

    February 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  3. Larry Williams

    I am amazed that you pretty much told the terrorist how to make and use a tooth paste tube bomb! Too much information!!

    February 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply

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