April 16, 2012

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Bomb scare leads to evacuation Westchester County Airport terminal

WHITE PLAINS – Checked luggage that was being screened by TSA personnel at Westchester County Airport late Sunday afternoon saw a suspicious item on x-ray and when the item tested positive for the presence of a potential explosive material, the passenger terminal was evacuated.

It turns out the chemical was cleaning fluid.

The incident, which began around 5:30 p.m., ended when the terminal was reopened at 6:53 p.m. As a result, a number of inbound and outbound flights were delayed.

A county police officer assigned to the airport responded with an explosive detection canine, which also indicated the presence of an explosive material. The passenger, who checked the bag could not be immediately located in the terminal.  The luggage was being checked for a flight to Atlanta.

The Westchester County Police Hazardous Devices Unit was called in and conducted further analysis and while finding the presence of a chemical used in explosives, determined the item itself was not a hazard to the public.


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