LaGuardia Evacuated; Fake Bomb Found
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2009 8:45 AM CDT
In this cell phone photo provided by Blair Allen, travellers gather outside Laguardia Airport during an evacuation, Saturday, August 1, 2009. Authorities say a main terminal of Laguardia has been evacuated...   (Blair Allen)
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(Newser) – The main terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport was evacuated this morning, stranding hundreds of passengers, after a man entered the building with a fake bomb in a bag, the AP reports. The terminal was evacuated at around 5:30am after the man approached security in the airport's C concourse. It wasn't clear if the man made a threat, but security officials said he "was just acting crazy." The man's name was not released.

The device in the man's bag was a few batteries and wires, but it was not dangerous, police said. Police later reopened the main terminal, and passengers began re-entering shortly before 9am. It was not immediately clear how many flights were delayed or canceled by the evacuation.