Marine arrested for trying to take smoke grenades on plane in Palm Springs

A Twentynine Palms Marine was arrested after he tried to board a flight with smoke grenades and “ground burst simulators.”

Steven Corey Vella, 20, was arrested on March 4 after he attempted to board a flight to New York carrying a variety of banned items, reports the Desert Sun.

Inside Vella’s luggage, Transportation Security Administration officers allegedly discovered two live smoke grenades, a dummy hand grenade, an inert mortar body shell and three “ground burst simulators,” which are a military training tool used to simulate the sound of battle explosions.

Vella was arrested in March and was given a misdemeanor citation by Palm Springs police. Last week, felony charges were filed against Vella by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office for possessing an explosive in a prohibited area.

No word yet on why Vella was attempting to bring the items on a plane.



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