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Birmingham, Ala., airport evacuated over bogus bomb threat

Nov. 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM   |   Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth airport in Alabama was evacuated for 2 hours Sunday while a bomb threat was checked out, police said.

The evacuation was ordered about 4 p.m. local time and the Transportation Security Administration issued an all-clear email shortly after 6 p.m., the news website AL.com reported.

The website said reports indicated the threat was in the form of a written note. Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said authorities made the decision to empty the airport and bomb-detecting dogs were used to sweep the airport.

Williams said the airport was reopened after authorities found no evidence of explosives, AL.com said.

The website said a number of flights were delayed or diverted because of the threat.

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