Cargo bomb from Yemen had 17 minutes to explode - International Business Times One of two mail bombs dispatched from Yemen last week was defused just 17 minutes before it was to go off, France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said on Thursday. Speaking to the state-run France-2 television in an interview, the minister refused to reveal any further information. One of the packages was found on a United Parcel Service cargo plane and the other bomb was discovered in a parcel at a FedEx facility in Dubai. The bomb found in East Midlands Airport was concealed in a Hewlett Packard printer and contained 400 grams of the highly potent explosive pentaerythritol trinitrate (PETN). The package found in Dubai was holding 300 grams of PETN. The disclosure of the French minister stands quite contrary to the earlier remarks of the White House that the packages were intended to carry out attacks on synagogues in the United States.