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Gun goes off at Atlanta airport security

Gun goes off at Atlanta airport security
A gun belonging to a passenger went off in a security line at Atlanta's international airport as a police attempted to unload it, officials said.UPI/Gary C. Caskey | License Photo

ATLANTA, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A gun belonging to a passenger went off in a security line at Atlanta's international airport as a police attempted to unload it, officials said.

Security workers found the loaded .22-caliber Magnum revolver in a carry-on bag during an X-ray scan early Sunday morning, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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As an Atlanta police officer responding to the scene tried to clear the bullets in the handgun belonging to passenger Richard Popkin, it went off, a police report said.

There were no injuries reported.

Popkin, 43, of Kathleen, Ga., was traveling to San Francisco and told police he didn't realize the pistol was in his messenger bag.

He was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon in an unauthorized place, authorities said.

The Transportation Security Administration was investigating the incident and could "level a civil penalty," TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said.

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