Fake Device Closes Peoria Airport For 3 Hours

Mar 31, 2016

The x-ray scan that alerted authorities
Credit Peoria Co. Sheriff's Office

Authorities say an Illinois airport was evacuated for about three hours after a passenger had a bag that appeared to contain tubes of explosive material, although security officials determined it wasn't a bomb.

Peoria International Airport Director Gene Olson says the airport was evacuated just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday and reopened about 9:30 a.m.  

Peoria County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joseph Needham says a female passenger had luggage that looked like a bomb but was in fact a look-a-like used to train employees of abortion clinics in bomb recognition. He says she was questioned and released.  

Officials say the lookalike included a jar with liquid, an aerosol can, wires, timing device and dog toys that resembled dynamite sticks and were labeled ``dynamite.''  

Olson says about a half-dozen flights were affected.