Alabama Man Who Made Pipe Bomb Sentenced

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By Alabama News Network

Federal prosecutors say a man who made a pipe bomb out of air bag canisters has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.


U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance White said in a statement Tuesday that 55-year-old James David Kircus was working at an auto salvage business in Birmingham when he took the air bag from a vehicle and reconfigured it into a high-powered explosive.


Officials say air bag cylinders contain sodium azide, a chemical that quickly creates gas to inflate the bag during a car crash. Prosecutors say Kircus had removed the azide tablets from the cylinders and crushed them to enhance their explosive power before putting them back in the canisters.


Kircus' co-workers reported him to police after seeing what they thought were bombs in his toolbox.


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