Hazmat response at Florida airport

Jan. 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A passenger on a plane arriving from Haiti triggered a hazmat incident and delayed international flights from a Florida airport.

Operations returned to normal at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport late Wednesday after the Broward County Sheriff's Fire Rescue hazardous materials team responded to an incident involving a plane arriving from Haiti, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

It was prompted by a passenger carrying a container of liquid he identified as fertilizer, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

"Hazmat came as a precaution," she said. "A passenger had some sort of insecticide in his luggage."

No terminals were evacuated, but fire engines arrived at Terminal Four near the U.S. Customs Office area. Passengers were detained on the airplane for about two hours.

"It was a very small amount of this substance," added Moschella.

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