Terminal 2 reopened; evacuation prompted by box containing propane tank


FOX 9 reports a package containing a propane tank caused authorities to evacuate and shut down a portion of Terminal 2, formerly the Humphrey Terminal, at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for about two hours Friday morning.

According to airport spokesman Pat Hogan, a woman tried to get through security with the package, but was denied. She left the large box unattended in the ticketing area so she could catch her flight.

The Star Tribune says the 2-by-2-foot box package was reported around 6 a.m. prompting the closure and evacuation of the ticketing lobby, which delayed at least a dozen outgoing flights.

Those who had already passed through security and at their gates were allowed to remain there and board planes, the newspapers says.

Terminal 1 was not affected.

The Bloomington Police bomb squad was called in to investigate the package and gave the all clear shortly after 8 a.m.

The woman was removed from the plane for questioning by police. Hogan told the newspaper he's unsure if the woman will face criminal charges.

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