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UPDATE: Mid-flight bomb scare caused by restroom smoker

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The diplomat who prompted a bomb scare on board a flight from Washington to Denver has been released by authorities after questioning, according to the law firm representing the Qatar embassy.

The firm said Thursday identified the diplomat as Mohammed Al-Madadi, who hold the post of third secretary and confirmed he is on his way back to Washington.

In a statement, Qatar's ambassador to the U.S. said the diplomat didn't do anything threatening and was traveling on business.

Two law enforcement officials says suspicions arose when the man tried to sneak a smoke in the bathroom. They say he was asked about it, and he joked about trying to light his shoes on fir, leading air marshals to restrain him.

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WASHINGTON (AP/WKOW) -- Officials say a Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver.

No explosives were found on the man and officials do not believe he was trying to harm anyone, according to a senior law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal authorities say investigators are trying to determine whether a man tried to ignite his shoes on a flight from Washington to Denver.

An official says an air marshal on the flight restrained the person of interest. 

A spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration says the man is being interviewed by law enforcement in Denver.

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