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Flare gun incident spooks Philly airport
Authorities say someone may have shot a flare into the sky near Philadelphia International Airport as a plane was landing.
US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher (LEE'-mock-er) says Flight 4321 from Elmira, N.Y., landed safely on Tuesday afternoon.
Lehmacher says crew members reported seeing a possible flare as the plane came in around 1:45 p.m.
A law enforcement official tells CBS News that they are not considering this a terrorist act. Their assumption is that the flare was fired from a road along the airport.
Flare Scare at Philly International Airport
Runway closed after pilot says he saw a flare shot as his plane landed Tuesday afternoon
If the person responsible for the alleged flare is caught they could be charged with risking a catastrophe, police said. The FBI is currently investigating. An FBI spokesman told NBC10 the incident is a non-event and they don't expect anything more to come of it.
nobody really seems interested protecting this airport from outside threats.
"out of an abundance of caution,"
Pilot: "It looks like a flare that was shot out."
Tower: "Previous arrival said something about a flare being shot up. ... You said there was a flare being shot at you?"
Pilot: "Yeah it wasn't probably more than 50 feet off our right wing. It looked like a flare gun."
Tower: "OK, wow."