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
Cars are unable to enter Miami International Airport in Miami last night.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(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.

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Sep 3, 2010 6:34 PM CDT
Yes the canister was empty. However did you think to do a blood test on the 70 yr old. did he inject him self with a virus. He has history.
Sep 3, 2010 8:11 AM CDT
More theater. More overreaction. More inconvenience to airline passengers. What was the purported threat? A thermos full of water?
Sep 3, 2010 6:23 AM CDT
Probably the poor guy's oxygen tank.