CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man was arrested Friday night after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found three bottles of gasoline in a hotel room.

Emmanuel Barner, 53, was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Police responded to a call at about 3 a.m. Friday at the Econo Lodge in the 3000 block of

Independence Boulevard, near Bojangles Coliseum. In a vacant room, they discovered the bottles and called a HazMat team to dispose of them, police said. Hotel guests were evacuated at the time.

Barner was the person who initially called police, according to the incident report. He was later arrested about 10:40 p.m.

Barner was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail under $10,000 bond.

Police have not said what use might have been intended for the bottles of gasoline.

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