Incident Summary:

"10/06/2017: An explosive device was discovered and defused at the Asheville Regional Airport baggage claim in Fletcher, North Carolina, United States. Michael Christopher Estes claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that he wanted to "fight a war on U.S. soil."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Asheville Regional Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Time Fuse
Weapon Details
A timed homemade explosive device containing ammonium nitrate, shotgun ammunition, oil, and nails and connected to an alarm clock was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"N.C. airport bomb suspect, who wanted to 'fight war on U.S. soil,' pleads guilty," USA Today, January 12, 2018."
"FBI: Man left jar filled with explosive chemicals, nails at North Carolina airport," CBS News, October 10, 2017."
"Man who planted bomb at NC airport 'wanted to fight a war on U.S. soil,' FBI says," Fox 2 Detroit, October 13, 2017."