Remember the two men who planted dry ice bombs at LAX in October? One of them went off in a Terminal 2 employee restroom, and it caused a pretty impressive police response. Travelers were on edge.
Two days later, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the consequences would be severe.
“Whether you think this is a harmless prank or a way to disrupt operations at the airport, it won’t matter,” Beck said, according to the L.A. Times. “You will go to jail.”
But there will be no jail.
Former Servisair employees Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, of Inglewood, and Dicarlo Bennett, 29, of Paramount were sentenced Friday by a state court judge to three years probation and 480 hours of community service.
A dry-ice bomb is made with dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, which freezes at minus 109 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 78 Celsius)
Making a dry-ice bomb is a fairly simple process: A container is partially filled with water and dry ice pellets are dropped into the container, which is then tightly sealed. As the dry ice sublimates into a gas, it expands and exerts pressure on the container, which eventually bursts.
Here’s a video of a blast. Fast forward to the 1 minute, 20 second point to see the action.