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Man threatens to blow up the Tri-Cities Airport

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PASCO, Wash.-- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is looking into a man's threats to blow up the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.

A 24-year-old Prosser man told a Franklin County deputy he was going to blow up the Pasco airport. The man was acting disorderly outside the airport early Friday morning and at around 5am the deputy stopped the man to question him. That's when he made the threat and also said some racial slurs. The man's name is Horacio Mendoza-Alvarado.

Another man told officials that Mendoza-Alvarado hit his car with a stick and threatened him with a knife prior to the deputy arriving.

Franklin County Deputy James LeDoux says law enforcement takes these threats very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing this man's history.

"Since nine-eleven, all threats have gone to a high priority. We exhaust all resources to verify or deny the threat. We are going to take every threat seriously here at the airport or any other facility here in the Tri-Cities," says LeDoux.

Mendoza-Alvarado is in Franklin County Jail while officials do a complete background check. Officials will look at any affiliations he may have, his medical history and anything else that could relate to the investigation to either verify or discount his threats.