2nd Rocket Launcher Recovered from US Service Member at BWI

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This image, released by the Office of the State Fire Marshal's in Maryland, shows a rocket launcher tube that was seized at a baggage area Aug. 1, 2019, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. (Office of the State Fire Marshal's via AP)
This image, released by the Office of the State Fire Marshal's in Maryland, shows a rocket launcher tube that was seized at a baggage area Aug. 1, 2019, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. (Office of the State Fire Marshal's via AP)

BALTIMORE  — Officials say an Air Force sergeant tried bringing home a rocket launcher tube as a souvenir at the same airport where another service member tried returning with a similar weapon this week.

The State Fire Marshal's Office in Maryland issued a statement saying the device, designed to be aircraft-mounted, was recovered Thursday at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

It held no explosives, but it might have contained pressurized gas and couldn't go on a commercial flight.

The office said the sergeant was returning from overseas and that it will hold onto the launcher until it can be safely returned to him.

Related: TSA: US Service Member Checked Missile Launcher in Luggage at Baltimore Airport

Federal officials said they found a similar device Monday. The unidentified traveler said he was in the military and returning from Kuwait.

No arrests were made in either case.

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