Sunday, January 18, 2015

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office: Toothbrush was ‘buzzing’ item at Palm Beach International Airport that prompted evacuation

WEST PALM BEACH — UPDATE: 11:25 a.m.: The buzzing item has been identified as a toothbrush.

Barbera praised the ticket agent for being alert.

“Can’t be safe enough these days,” she said.

UPDATE: 11:05 a.m.: Palm Beach County authorities have re-opened the third floor of Palm Beach International Airport following an evacuation this morning.

Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement that authorities were called to the airport at around 9:30 a.m. when a passenger attempted to check in a piece of luggage.

The agent at the ticket counter heard a buzzing sound and alerted deputies. The bomb squad was called to investigate and the third floor was shut down while authorities checked the bag.

Barbera said the passenger is cooperating with the investigation, which is ongoing.

ORIGINAL: 10:09 a.m.: Part of Palm Beach International Airport has been evacuated this morning as authorities investigate a suspicious item.

The third floor was evacuated because of a buzzing bag, according to Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Both sheriff’s deputies and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s bomb squad are on scene.

Original article can be found at: http://www.palmbeachpost.com

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