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

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posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:57 PM
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Ahem... Does that look like the scene after a "corroded battery failure"

You'd think a terminal had exploded or something.

Another thing...

ABC7 LAX Webcam

[edit on 4-9-2004 by Nerdling]




posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:57 PM
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Valhall - There is no Hollywood Airport around here. Burbank (Bob Hope Airport) and Van Nuys Airport are the ones closest to Hollywood, CA.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:57 PM
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Yeah, you probably caught a subsequent report where Shep was restating what the FAA guy said in the phone interview earlier.

Yes, if you can get updates from your contact, please do. At this point we are seeing shots of MANY firetrucks outside the airport.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 12:59 PM
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maybe there are just doing a terror excercise and can't announce that to the public...



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:00 PM
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Originally posted by bushblows
maybe there are just doing a terror excercise and can't announce that to the public...


Far too costly. This disruption will cost millions before the hour is out.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:04 PM
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yes you are right about it being too costly.....

what the heck is up?



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:04 PM
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CNN is now reporting that all arrivals are being diverted and no longer allowed to land.

netbound? can you confirm?



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:09 PM
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Nerdling- They shut down terminals for bags that are left behind. I was in DuGalle Airport, and my flight back to the US was delayed because a bag full of underwear was left behind. They had armed soldiers (probably France's version of the National Guard or something) guarding the doors. This was all in response to a bag on the ground.

I'm not saying that the corroded battery story is true, I'm just saying that I wouldn't be suprised at all for this type of repsonse occuring when anything, including a flahlight, exploded.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:09 PM
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LA Times has now updated their article to state that the flashlight explosion injured the security worker who touched it and "slightly injured" several other people.

Four terminals shut down. Mainly United airlines being affected. Southwest states it is still operating out of Terminal 1.

www.latimes.com...



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:10 PM
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I heard on msnbc that some flights are taking off from lax now, but I haven't seen any yet. They may be taking off in the easterly direction, rather than over the ocean, as they normally would ...



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:15 PM
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Just heard on sky news uk that all the fire trucks are just for safty messure it also said that there was two outher security breech's at the same time as this one. and thats why they decided to close it down.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:19 PM
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Planes are taking off from lax. I just spotted one ...



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:21 PM
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Zoom to 5 miles, there are only flights in transit going by colour code.
And it's real-time
www.iflylax.com...



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:21 PM
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Originally posted by SE7EN
Just heard on sky news uk that all the fire trucks are just for safty messure it also said that there was two outher security breech's at the same time as this one. and thats why they decided to close it down.


Let's think about it this way-

A security guard just had something blow up in his hand. Now, you're getting reports of people getting through security checkpoints, unchecked bags of planes, or whatever else constitutes a 'security breach'.

So somebody just took out a security officer, and now they're trying to get onto planes in the confusion. Not saying that's what's happening, but it's a possibility that the airport would have to consider.

Armed soldiers keep you out of a terminal when a bag of luggage is forgotten. You can be arrested for simply uttering the word 'bomb' on an airplane. When something actually explodes, then I am not suprised in the least that a terminal is shut down and all flights are diverted and delayed.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:27 PM
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As an added note, those images looks almsot exactly like it did in France during y bomb scare. People weret pretty such escorted out on the street and told to wait, while soldiers stood guard and police kept order. Having been through something like this, I can tell you airports don't screw around when it comes to this sort of thing.

[edit on 9-4-2004 by Esoterica]



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:32 PM
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FOX News(TV) just reported that the FBI has said that the explosion and the security breach were unrelated.



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:34 PM
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lithiom ion batteries can explode if the conditions are right, ie: overcharged, bad karma



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:38 PM
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Originally posted by dnnx
lithiom ion batteries can explode if the conditions are right, ie: overcharged, bad karma


Anything explodes under the right conditions.

Even Jello



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 01:53 PM
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Can some one please try to make some sense of this statement for me in this CNN article:

www.cnn.com...



The 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 it was not aware of any explosion or injuries.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Okay, so here's the deal:

I can see how a corroding battery could cause a MINOR explosion. As a battery corrodes it out-gasses. If the flashlight was of good enough quality that it sealed well...you could have a pressure build up. Now, in my mind, it couldn't be a very big explosion...it's a little bitty pipe bomb, but let's get real on how bad it could be...not real bad. I can see the immediate person holding the flashlight getting hurt, and possibly little pieces parts getting some one real near.

BUT - the gasses would NOT set off an explosives detecting machine. Give me a break. Am I wrong here? Explosives detecting machines are sniffing for explosives - not pressure build up.

[edit on 9-4-2004 by Valhall]



posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 02:05 PM
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Mayor and Police Chief reported on CNN that is was a $1.98 plastic flashlight containing 2 C batteries that unexpectedly exploded. The owner was a Japanese man on a flight to Korea. No data as of right now as to who the person who breached security was.



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