Airport chaos over grenade belt buckle

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SALT LAKE CITY, June 20 (UPI) -- A belt buckle made to look like a hand grenade shut down a terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport when it showed up on a security x-ray screen.

A Transportation Safety Administration screener sounded the alarm before noon Monday when the device appeared on the monitor, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.


Traffic outside the terminal was halted and the building evacuated as specialists opened the bag.

The belt buckle had been wrapped around a bottle of cologne, which on the monitor made it appear to a fuel source, the newspaper said.

Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said it was determined the bag belonged to an out-of-state traveler who had been separated from his luggage and was not at the airport at the time.

The terminal reopened about an hour later, but Gann said the TSA investigation was continuing.

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