posted on Apr, 7 2004 @ 05:00 PM
A portion of Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson Int'l Airport was closed this morning when a "suspicious package" was found by a cleaning crew in a
The package, described as a brown paper bag wrapped in duct tape with "components" protruding through it, was discovered around 10:50am EST. The
FBI and TSA were immediately called to the area, and a robot removed the package to a safe location.
TSA official Eric Blum said earlier that an "explosive device" had been found in the aiport's bathroom. The device was taped to two other objects
that appeared to be part of a detonation system.
Initial X-rays of the device showed what appeared to be a hand grenade minus the pin attached to a mobile radio or cell phone. The package was
"rendered safe" and investigations are ongoing at this time.
The evacuated areas include a Delta ticket counter, a security screening point and several retail stores. The area was declared safe after
approximately two hours, and operations resumed as normal. No flights were delayed or cancelled.
Hartfield-Jackson Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world and is one of the largest connecting hubs for many major airlines.
[Edited on 7-4-2004 by Banshee]