Trial Opens for Student On Explosives Charges

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the Tampa federal trial of an Egyptian college student charged with carrying explosives.

Attorneys and U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday on Monday began questioning 35 potential jurors called for the trial of 23-year-old Youssef Samir Megahed.

The former University of South Florida engineering student is charged with transporting explosives and possessing a destructive device.

Megahed and another man were arrested in South Carolina in August 2007 after deputies said they found explosives in the trunk of their car during a traffic stop.

Defense attorneys say the items were homemade fireworks.

Attorneys said the trial is expected to last at least two weeks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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