Trial Begins for Egyptian Student Charged With Carrying Explosives

An Egyptian college student charged with carrying explosives is facing trial in Tampa federal court.

Jury selection for Youssef Samir Megahed's trial is scheduled to begin Monday. 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 have characterized the items as homemade fireworks.

Megahed's companion, 27-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, was sent to prison for 15 years for making a YouTube video showing would-be terrorists how to turn a remote-control toy into a bomb detonator.