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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Toy Grenade Prompts Brief Evacuation at Houston Airport

A security checkpoint inside a Houston airport was briefly evacuated early Thursday after security screening found what appeared to be a hand grenade in a passenger’s bag, airport officials said, then later determined it was a toy.

Transportation Security Administration officials spotted the bag carrying the suspicious item around 4:30 a.m. as it was going through an X-ray machine at William P. Hobby Airport, said Bill Begley, a spokesman for the Houston Airport System.

Travelers were immediately evacuated, Begley said. The Houston Police Department bomb squad investigated the object.

Read more at Reuters.

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