FBI: Five Arrested in Plot to Bomb Ohio Bridge

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM EDT

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FBI: Five Arrested in Plot to Bomb Ohio Bridge

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM EDT

(FBI news release) Five people were arrested and accused of conspiring to use explosives to destroy a bridge near Cleveland, the FBI, announced Tuesday.

According to an FBI news release:

Douglas L. Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on the evening of April 30, 2012, on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23, and charges are pending against them.

The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by an undercover FBI employee. The defendants were closely monitored by law enforcement. The explosives that the defendants allegedly purchased and attempted to use were inoperable and posed no threat to the public.

Read the entire FBI news release HERE.