According to the HSI case affidavit, those items
included a pyrotechnic smoke grenade, three
leather-coated billy clubs, a collapsible baton,
a full-face respirator, various knives, a
hatchet, body bags, a biohazard suit, handcuffs,
leg irons and a device to repel dogs.
The case affidavit states that when a member of
the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad
conducted an x-ray examination of the smoke
grenade, it showed the device fell under the
United Nations' explosives shipping
classification, meaning it is prohibited on
board passenger aircraft. Depending on the
conditions when it is ignited, the smoke
grenade, made by Commando Manufacturers, could
potentially fill the cabin of a commercial
airplane with smoke or cause a fire.
HSI's probe into Friday's incident is ongoing
and investigators here are coordinating closely
with HSI's attaché office in Tokyo. Officials
say Harris, who makes his permanent home in
Boston, has been living and working recently in
Harris is charged in a criminal complaint with
one count of transporting hazardous materials.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to
five years in prison. The case is being
prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the
Central District of California. In addition to
the Los Angeles Police Department, HSI received
assistance with the case from the FBI.