Novelty lighter causes major disruption at Miami International Airport

April 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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MIAMI, April 18 (UPI) -- A novelty lighter shaped like a grenade caused the partial evacuation of a terminal at Miami International Airport Thursday morning, officials said.

Police reported finding a suspicious package at a security checkpoint in Terminal D shortly after 5 a.m., The Miami Herald reported.

The area was evacuated, forcing passengers to cram into other checkpoints in the terminal. Traffic at the terminal was halted as well.

The checkpoint was reopened and airport operations returned to normal about 7:30 a.m., officials said.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin said he was told the suspicious package was a novelty lighter that was shaped like a grenade.

Shortly after the checkpoint reopened, Chin sent out a media alert that said: "Please advise your readers and viewers to not travel with novelty items that look like weapons."

The passenger who was carrying the lighter will not face charges, WTVJ, Miami, reported.

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