Grenade-shaped lighter prompts evacuations at MIA
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WSVN) -- Police have given the all-clear after a passenger at Miami International Airport attempted to pass through a security checkpoint with a cigarette lighter in the shape of a grenade.
The incident happened just after 5 a.m. Thursday at one of Concourse D's checkpoints, when an inspector detected the small item. The passenger claimed he forgot the lighter was in his bag. "A lighter I had for several years, and I came from Boston with it and I wasn't stopped," said the man. "I forgot that the lighter was in there."
The discovery prompted the evacuation of Concourse D and the closure of the inner loop. "As you can tell, this incident turned out to be nothing, but we can never take chances when we have items that looked like weapons or firearms inside the screening checkpoint," said an MIA security spokesperson. "In this case, we had a passenger that had a grenade lighter, and it definitely looked like a grenade. Our TSA employees did the right thing in intercepting it and the bomb squad obviously had to resolve it."
The evacuations caused traffic delays at the airport. Passengers were diverted to different checkpoints but no flights were affected by this incident.
The passenger will not face any charges because the novelty item is not illegal.
MIA authorities emphasize that passengers should not bring prohibited items with them, because it disrupts the flow of traffic inside and outside of the airport.
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