Mysterious odor discovered at BWI leads to evacuation of control tower

Regional

January 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A mysterious odor briefly interrupted operations at Baltimore-Washington International Airport yesterday afternoon - until the source was found to be fresh paint, a spokesman said.

Airport workers had just applied a coat of paint to the interior of a small communications closet adjacent to the security checkpoint in Concourse C when the odor was noticed about 12:15 p.m., said BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean.

The fumes prompted Federal Aviation Administration employees to evacuate the airport control tower for several minutes, said Jim Peters, the FAA's eastern region spokesman.

Following procedure, airport officials called BWI's fire department to investigate the odor's source.

Passengers and airport employees at the terminal were not evacuated, Dean said, but takeoffs and landings were affected for several minutes.

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