Novelty hand grenade spurs BWI evacuation

September 04, 2001

Hundreds of airline passengers were delayed yesterday afternoon at Baltimore-Washington International Airport when a female passenger put what turned out to be a novelty hand grenade through a luggage X-ray machine.

Passengers were cleared from Concourse B about 5:35 p.m. and a bomb squad investigated, declaring the grenade harmless about an hour later, an airport spokesman said. Southwest Airlines held its flights for the delayed passengers.

Officials ask that travelers carrying such devices tell security officers before they send the devices through the X-ray machine.

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