An apparent dry ice bomb explosion in a Los Angeles International Airport restroom Sunday night prompted the airport to halt departing flights for hours as police investigated and passengers waited to claim luggage, authorities said.
The explosion occurred about 7 p.m. in a bathroom near Terminal 2, Gate 27. No injuries were reported.
Normal operations resumed just before 9 p.m., officials said. Four departure flights between 9:45 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. PT were delayed and passengers on three arriving flights were delayed from claiming checked luggage because baggage handling operations were temporarily stopped.
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 investigation was transferred from the FBI to the Los Angeles Police Department Monday morning.
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