Man Arrested in Fla. Airport Bomb Scare

Police disarm 'destructive' device
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2013 2:26 AM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2013 7:45 AM CDT
'Destructive' Device Removed, Jacksonville Airport Reopened
Shuttles used to move people out of Jacksonville International Airport drive by in Jacksonville, Fla. The airport was evacuated after authorities found two suspicious packages.   (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

(Newser) – A 39-year-old Jacksonville man is in custody in connection with the bomb scare that closed Jacksonville International Airport for five hours, jail records show. Zeljko Causevic has been charged with manufacturing, selling, or delivering a mail hoax bomb, and making a false report about a bomb, the Florida Times-Union reports. He was booked into jail at 1:30am, two and a half hours after the airport reopened, and will make his first court appearance this afternoon at 1pm.

The airport was evacuated shortly after 6pm when police found one suspicious package in the terminal and another in a nearby parking garage. A sheriff's office spokesman said one of the packages "had some destructive nature that it had to be taken offsite" but did not elaborate, the AP reports. The closure left incoming planeloads of passengers stranded on the tarmac, and has led to the cancellation of more than 20 flights. (Read more Jacksonville stories.)

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