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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:42 pm

Jacksonville airport reopens after evacuation

By DEREK KINNERAssociated Press

The Jacksonville International Airport has reopened after a bomb squad removed a "destructive" device from the area.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Shannon Hartley told a news conference Tuesday night that one of two suspicious packages found at the airport had a "destructive" component that required it to be taken offsite. He said the device was later "rendered safe."

The airport was evacuated earlier Tuesday after police found one suspicious package in the terminal and another in a nearby parking garage. Hartley wouldn't say which of the packages was destructive.

The evacuation left planeloads of passengers stuck on the tarmac.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,