Fake Grenade Leads to Evacuation at Ontario Airport Terminal
Photo via Twitter
A fake hand grenade prompted a temporary evacuation of a terminal at California's Ontario International Airport early Wednesday morning, Los Angeles' KABC 7 reported.
The replica grenade was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag during the screening process in Terminal 4, resulting in an evacuation around 6 a.m. local time Wednesday.
Fire officials were called to the scene to remove it from the airport, which is located just east of Los Angeles.
"When you see these items we just don't know, so we have to act out of security and out of the safety of passengers," Transportation Security Administration agent Nico Melendez told KABC 7. "So it is scary at first when you see something like that because you just don't know."
Here's a closer look at the replica grenade in question courtesy of CBS Los Angeles:
The evacuation (as seen below courtesy of KABC 7 news desk editor Julie Sone) lasted roughly 30 minutes and passengers were eventually let back into the airport.
Terminal 4 at Ontario Airport evacuated after TSA came across possible explosive in carry on bag. Ops back to normal pic.twitter.com/eMYzCqCTfL— Julie Sone (@ABC7JulieSone) August 12, 2015
Operations at Terminal 4, which include American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and US Airways flights, returned to normal around 6:30 a.m. local time Wednesday. However at least 10 flights were delayed as result of the incident, per KABC 7.
It's unclear whether the passenger traveling with the replica grenade will face charges, but it's possible they could be penalized with a fine from the TSA.
Like their working counterparts, replica weapons and firearms aren't allowed in passengers' carry-on bags. Passengers traveling with similar items are encouraged to visit the TSA's official website to find out what is and isn't allowed on a plane as well as how to pack sensitive items that are permitted.
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