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Authorities at Birmingham airport investigate suspicious item found in luggage (TSA statement)

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The Birmingham Police Department's Bomb Squad Friday morning investigated a suspicious item found in a person's luggage at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Shortly before noon, airport spokeswoman Toni Herrera-Bast said the item was found not to be a threat and law enforcement has cleared the scene.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA released a statement shortly after the incident stating the following:

"TSA identified a suspicious item inside a checked bag this morning at BHM.  In an abundance of caution, our baggage check room and the checkpoint and airline ticket counters above that room  were evacuated briefly (from 1129 until 1154)  until the Birmingham Police Dept. Bomb Squad could remove the suitcase and the item for further analysis.  Operations at BHM have returned to normal.

"On background: the bomb squad moved the bag offsite and further questions on the resolution should be directed to them."

 

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