NEWS: Explosion Reported at LAX, Airport Closed, Reported Bomb Threat

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posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:14 AM
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Terminals 6, 7, 8 shut down because of security breach and a separate incident at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. There are reports that the incident was an explosion involving a "flashlight" type device. At least 7 have been reported injured. However, there is still much confusion and lack of official confirmation on these reports. They are evacuating the airport. This is a breaking story.
 

LAX Shut down



Los Angeles International Airport was shut down early Saturday because of a possible security breach and a separate incident at an international terminal security screening station, an airport spokesman said.

No information was immediately available on the incident at Tom Bradley International Terminal, airport spokesman Harold Johnson said.

Officials also did not explain the possible security breach that shut down terminals 6, 7 and 8. The terminals are connected.

Flights were not being allowed to depart, but inbound flights were being allowed to land, said Paul Turk, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (news - web sites). Passengers were not taken off the planes.

Traffic was being diverted from the airport.

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Sky News Reports Explosion



There are reports of an explosion at Los Angeles International Airport, which has been shut down because of a possible security breach.

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Second Sky News Report of "Loud Sound"



Three terminals at Los Angeles International Airport have been evacuated after two unrelated incidents sparked an investigation of a possible security breach.

Airport spokesman Harold Johnson said a "loud sound" was heard at the airport.

The sound reportedly came from a torch which exploded in an X-ray machine.


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Fox News



Los Angeles International Airport (search) was shut down early Saturday because of a possible security breach and a separate incident at an international terminal security screening station, an airport spokesman said.

No information was immediately available on the incident at Tom Bradley International Terminal (search), airport spokesman Harold Johnson said.

Officials also did not explain the possible security breach that shut down terminals 6, 7 and 8. The terminals are connected.

Flights were not being allowed to depart, but inbound flights were being allowed to land, said Paul Turk, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (search). Passengers were not taken off the planes.

Traffic was being diverted from the airport.



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MSNBC



Los Angeles International Airport was shut down early Saturday because of a possible security breach and a separate incident at an international terminal security screening station, an airport spokesman said.

No information was immediately available on the incident at Tom Bradley International Terminal, airport spokesman Harold Johnson said.

Officials also did not explain the possible security breach that shut down terminals 6, 7 and 8. The terminals are connected.

Flights were not being allowed to depart, but inbound flights were being allowed to land, said Paul Turk, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Passengers were not taken off the planes.

Traffic was being diverted from the airport.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


CNN



Los Angeles International Airport was closed Saturday after two separate security incidents, an airport spokesman said.

In one incident, airport police were responding to reports of a "suspicious person."

The other involved a flashlight with corroded batteries that exploded in Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Seven people were hurt by that explosion.

Department of Homeland Security had a different account.

The agency said that an explosive detection system machine got a positive reading from a corroded battery in a flashlight.

DHS reported that there was no explosion and that there were no injuries that they were aware of.

The area was evacuated as a precaution.

A LAPD bomb squad remains on the scene.

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BBC



Part of Los Angeles international airport has been shut over a possible security breach, authorities say.

An airport spokesman said there were two separate incidents.

Unconfirmed reports say a torch exploded. Officials did not comment on reports of injuries. There were no details on the second incident.

Three terminals in the Tom Bradley International Terminal were evacuated. Planes were being allowed to land, but not to take off, a spokesman said.

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LA Times (free subscription required)



Viray had no additional information about the security breach but said the scare at the international terminal apparently came when a flashlight battery exploded as it was being screened by a Transportation Security Administration worker.

"When it was going through screening, the TSA individual touched it and at that point it exploded," she said.

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Tom Bradley Terminal
The entire Airport is closed at 12:10 EST.
Traffic being diverted, two incidents today.
Flights cannot depart but inbound flights can land but are not being offloaded at the terminal.

UPDATE 11:50 CST: Reports are coming in that arriving flights are being allowed to land, but not disboard. Flights are remaining on tarmac loaded with passengers. Passenger in terminal being interviewed by CNN is reporting that this has been an ongoing situation for approximately 2 hours. That a bomb squad was brought in approximately 1 hour ago and there appears to be a bomb threat at this time.

UPDATE 11:54 CST: Fox is reporting that there "is no evidence of terrorist activity" and LAX is shut down because of a piece of baggage without an owner. The FAA invidividual interviewed confirmed there are three airports currently shut down. No explanation on the other airports.

UPDATE 12:02 CST: CNN reports that Homeland Security states there was NO explosion.

UPDATE 12:07 CST: CNN reporting that explosion was due to "corroded batteries in flashlight" which caused an explosion at a security station.

UPDATE 12:37 CST: CNN reports that "an explosive detection system machine got a positive reading from a corroded battery in a flashlight" while DHS states it has no knowledge of an explosion.

UPDATE 12:37 CST: ABC affiliate in LA ABC7 has just reported "massive LAPD response". ABC7 LAX webcam turns away from airport and stops updating for approximately 10 minutes. LA Times updates story to contradict Homeland Security denial of explosion stating the "exploding battery" report.

UDPATE 12:43 CST: Member netbound confirms no visual evidence of flights departing LAX.

UPDATE 12:58 CST: LA Times updates its story restating flashlight battery explosion and confirmation of "several injuries". States the two incidents happened within 30 minutes of each other. States 4 terminals closed. Mainly United Airlines affected. Southwest airlines states it has had uninterrupted operations out of Terminal 1.

UPDATE 1:06 CST: CNN states all arriving traffic to LAX is being diverted. No longer allowed to land. But MSNBC reports flights are being allowed to depart.

UPDATE 1:10 CST: member netbound still does not see evidence of departing flights in a westerly direction.

UPDATE 1:19 CST: member netbound confirms departing flights.

We will provide further information as it comes available.

[edit on 9-4-2004 by Valhall]

[edit on 9-5-2004 by Valhall]




posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:16 AM
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There was nothing said in the report I seen about explosions.

[edit on 4-9-2004 by SpittinCobra]



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:18 AM
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Please provide your source.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:19 AM
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FOX News is reporting the explosions too, not on their website yet though.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:22 AM
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FOX is reporting that there were two incidents involving explosions and that all outbound flights have been stopped, but not incoming ones. Still nothing on their website.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:23 AM
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There's a headline on the Fox website now, but no details.

www.foxnews.com...

EDIT: They just took down the headline about the explosion. Wonder what's going on?

[edit on 9/4/2004 by HoonieSkoba]



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:31 AM
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CNN is reporting something about a "flashlight explosion" that has injured 7 people.

I think they're taking it down just in case.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:37 AM
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What I want to know is who did or could do this?
Was it Usamah?



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:38 AM
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I can't wait for the conspiracy theories that come from this one.
Some will take the fact that explosions were initially reported and try to make some huge coverup.

Isn't there a saying that pertains to media goes something like
"initial reports are usually wrong"



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:41 AM
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www.foxnews.com...

That's the source I got, click on it and you will be taken right to the article...

They just will not stop... Looks like we're going to have to give up alittle liberty for safety...

Oh boy.... And to think they will just keep thinking of ways to get through the airports... If they can think of a flashlight just imagine all the other possibilities...




posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:41 AM
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I have a feeling the explosion wasn't terror related, even though Sheppard Smith(FOX) was making it sound like 911.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:46 AM
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12:46pm EST: Sharon Mayes, LAX Parking Supervisor, on the phone with FoxNews stated "There was a flashlight explosion, 7 people were reported to be injured".

MK



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:48 AM
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At 9:50 AM, Pacific Standard Time - CNN - is saying the explosion was due to corroded batteries in a flashlight (possible, but unlikely) caused the explosion) and the second incident is a "suspicious am" at the airport. They continued saying hat 3 terminals were shut down and have been for over 2 hours. More information as it is provided.


*edited for spelling

[edit on 9/4/2004 by mrmonsoon]



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:49 AM
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Yeah right @ corroded batteries. Pull the other one. They're just trying to prevent a panic.

Tell me this, Why are the passengers on the just landed flights being kept inside the planes? For a "corroded battery failure"



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:54 AM
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MSNBC - BREAKING NEWS
LAX shut due to possible security breach

The Associated Press
Updated: 12:49 p.m. ET Sept. 4, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles International Airport was shut down early Saturday because of a possible security breach and a separate incident at an international terminal security screening station, an airport spokesman said.

More at: www.msnbc.msn.com...


Real surprising stuff. I left the computer for 20 mins and I come back to find this. Right now on MSNBC, they're saying... "FLASH NEWS: Confirmed reports of explosion at LAX airport."

WOW. I hope nothing EXTREMELY worse took place...

-prophetmike

[edit on 4-9-04 by prophetmike]



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:54 AM
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FoxNews, former NTSB managing director Peter Golelz: "There's no indication that this is any kind of terrorist act". 12:53pm EST.

"I wouldn't want to be making a multi-leg flight today".

Incidentally the video footage showed the entrance of LAX where ambulances were gathered and stretchers could be seen along with EMT personnel.

MK



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 11:55 AM
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Probably for the same protocol when the U.A. flight was when 'b o b' was written on a sick bag.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:00 PM
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German TV just said a pocket light placed in a bag exploded during screening and 7 people were injured.
At another terminal a suspicious man was captured.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:10 PM
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Homeland Security is saying the flashlight did NOT explode.

Trying to find a link. I heard it over on freep.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:15 PM
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Hi - I live in Redondo Beach, CA, right on the ocean. I can clearly see about 50 miles of coastline from where I'm sitting. I have a clear shot to the airport from here. It's about 12 miles from here, but I can see clearly when planes take off, as they take off over the ocean. At night it sometimes looks like fire flies hanginmg in the air when it's crowded. I see no traffic as of this moment (10:20 am pst). If I see any activity I'll report in ...





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