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Suspicious Item' Closes Miami Airport


Four concourses closed for almost seven hours overnight while bomb squad investigates.

USA Today, CBS, and the Associated Press are reporting that four of Miami International Airport's six concourses were closed and evacuated last night after a TSA screener spotted something suspicious in a passenger's checked bag.

According to the TSA, the owner of the bag has been found and is in custody. The concourses were closed for about seven hours, and about 100 to 200 passengers were evacuated initially.

"Everything's back to normal," airport spokesman Greg Chin said soon after the closed concourses reopened around 4 am ET. The TSA would not comment on what the item may have been, but the bomb squad was called to the scene.


The Associated Press is reporting that the object found in the checked baggage is a metal canister, which looked like a pipe bomb and belongs to a 70-year-old scientist. The man has been detained and is being interviewed.

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