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Police: Man who breached airport security was not threat

May 3, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man is in custody after a security breach at Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts.

State police said there was no terrorism threat involved, but the 31-year-old man managed to get himself on to the airfield Wednesday evening and took a fuel truck for a ride.

The man was later found inside a fuselage that is used for training exercises by firefighters at the airport. Police said he had a black substance believed to be tar on his face and was speaking incoherently.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, said there were no “operational impacts” as a result of the incident.

The suspect, from Leominster, has not been identified. He faces trespassing and several other charges.

Authorities are investigating how he accessed the airfield.

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This story has been corrected to show the suspect’s hometown is Leominster, not Lawrence, per officials.