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Fired worker suspected of planting bombs

April 7, 2006

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— A former air traffic controller suspected of planting homemade bombs outside five Colorado homes will be returned there to face possible federal charges.

Robert Burke, 54, waived extradition in federal court in Salt Lake on Thursday and will be sent to Denver, where a warrant alleges he violated federal law by possessing an unregistered firearm.

Burke has not yet been charged with a crime, said prosecutor David Gaouette. Federal prosecutors have 30 days after an arrest to present information to a grand jury for possible charges.

Authorities had been looking for Burke since March 24, when bombs were found outside the homes of four of Burke's former co-workers and the home of a Federal Aviation Administration employee.

Three of the devices exploded, but caused no damage or injury. Two others were defused.

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