"Dry Ice Bomb" causes delays at LAX.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Mon, Oct 14, 2013

An apparent dry ice bomb explosion in a Los Angeles International Airport restroom Sunday night prompted the airport to halt departing flights for hours while police investigated, authorities said. The explosion occurred about 7 p.m. in a bathroom near Terminal 2, Gate 27 on Oct. 13. No injuries were reported. Normal operations resumed just before 9 p.m., officials said. The "dry ice bomb" was described as a plastic bottle with dry ice inside. An airport employee heard the explosion from the tarmac and discovered the object inside an empty, non-public restroom. The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad arrived at the scene and investigated the incident. The FBI has taken over the investigation. Sources told NBC News that investigators suspect the bomb was intended as a prank. No arrests were immediately made. It was unclear just how many flights were delayed. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller released the following written statement: "Earlier this evening, law enforcement and airport officials responded to a report of an explosion in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport. In a restricted area of the terminal (not accessible to the general public), responders found evidence of a plastic bottle containing dry ice. "A chemical reaction...

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