Behind response to airport bomb threat that wasn't

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The incident forcing the partial evacuation of Detroit Metropolitan Airport for hours one day last month was triggered by law enforcement officials' belief that they'd found an improvised explosive device in luggage.

Reports say the man carrying the luggage also aroused further suspicion because he was agitated, smelled of alcohol and couldn't initially identify the tightly wrapped items.

They turned out to be an electric Big Ben-style clock, a desktop wave machine and a digital picture frame wrapped in newspapers and duct tape. That's according to airport authority police reports obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The reports offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the take-no-chances response by law enforcement officers to what they viewed was a threat on a major airport.


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