Pipe Bomb-Like Item Triggers Miami Airport Shutdown

Luggage suspicious, bomb squad on scene

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 3, 2010 2:20 AM CDT | Updated Sep 3, 2010 7:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 70-year-old American scientist is being questioned after screeners spotted a metal canister in his luggage that looked like a pipe bomb around 9pm last night, triggering a shutdown of Miami International Airport. Four of six terminals and airport roadways were closed until 4am, AP reports.

"He's being very cooperative," said an FBI agent, who added that the unnamed man was on a flight that flew into Miami, though he would not say from where. "He's not under arrest at this time. We don't know if a crime has been committed here." The item found in the man's luggage has been brought to a lab for more testing.

Cars are unable to enter Miami International Airport in Miami last night.
Cars are unable to enter Miami International Airport in Miami last night.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue officers converge on Miami International Airport after suspicious luggage is discovered by screeners.
Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue officers converge on Miami International Airport after suspicious luggage is discovered by screeners.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Passengers stand outside after being evacuated from the terminal at Miami International Airport early this morning.
Passengers stand outside after being evacuated from the terminal at Miami International Airport early this morning.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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