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US: Five men arrested in bridge plot

Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2012 | 11:27 AM

(AP) Five men were arrested on charges that they planned to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, according to the authorities.

The men plotted to blow up a bridge that carries a four-lane highway over part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the Brecksville area, about 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland, said the FBI.

It is reported that there was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee.

Authorities said three of the men were arrested Monday and are self-described anarchists, not tied to international terrorism.

The FBI said three were arrested on charges of conspiracy and trying to use explosives to damage property affecting interstate commerce.

They were identified as Brandon L. Baxter, 20, Douglas L. Wright, 26, and Anthony Hayne, 35. Their hometowns were not provided.

Charges were pending against the other two men.

The men are scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday.