Suspicious item prompts evacuation at Metro Airport terminal - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Suspicious item prompts evacuation at Metro Airport terminal

Posted: Updated:
Police outside the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday morning. Police outside the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday morning.
ROMULUS, Mich. (WJBK) -

Thousands of passengers were forced to evacuate Detroit Metropolitan Airport's North Terminal after a suspicious item set off an emergency Monday morning.

Around 6:15 a.m., TSA agents noticed on X-ray what appeared to be an explosive inside someone's carry-on luggage.  Passengers waiting were told to exit.

"They said, 'Everybody please leave... the building," explained Keith Bowles.

Many dressed for warmer destinations huddled in the cold as they waited to hear what happened.

"Little kids with just real light things on, and for awhile we were all huddled to kind of keep each other warm," said Chris Kuhl.

Passengers were taken to the Smith Terminal for their safety.  Two bomb squads were called to the scene, and the suspicious item was taken away allowing the terminal to reopen by 8:15 a.m.

There were delays and long lines in the aftermath of the scare, making the day after Easter look more like the day after Thanksgiving.

Fox 2 has learned the item was either a lamp or a toy that had both sand and water inside with a wire wrapped around it and was not explosive.

Advertisement
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Funeral today for Armada teen, April Millsap

    Funeral today for Armada teen, April Millsap

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:49:48 GMT
    Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl are to gather for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for her killer.ice...
    Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl are to gather for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for her killer.ice...
  • When is it appropriate for police to use a taser? Video prompts questions about police action in Clinton Township

    When is it appropriate for police to use a taser? Video prompts questions about police action in Clinton Township

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:38:12 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

    Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:19:29 GMT
     A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger have been charged with second-degree murder.
     A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger have been charged with second-degree murder.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices