Initially most news organisations, including the BBC, reported that the explosion was caused by fireworks but in the early hours on Saturday morning the BBC said that the incident was being treated by the authorities as an attempted terrorist attack.
The explosion occurred as the Airbus 330 with 278 passengers on board landed at Detroit on Friday afternoon local time. Several people were slightly injured.
- Attempted bombing on Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit (dvorak.org)
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- AP: Man Tries, Fails to Blow Up Jet (talkingpointsmemo.com)