LB Airport Evacuated, 'Suspicious' Package Found
July 26, 2007, 10:21 AM PDT
A suspicious piece of luggage prompted the evacuation of several hundred people from the Long Beach Airport terminal Thursday and delayed inbound flights, authorities said.
The baggage was discovered by federal Transportation Security Administration workers at about 9:30 a.m., city police spokeswoman Kathy Parsons said.
Firefighters, police and a bomb squad were called to the airport, about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Televised news reports showed people streaming from the airport's terminal into the parking lot.
"Inbound flights are landing but are being held out on the tarmac. Outbound flights have been delayed or canceled," airport spokeswoman Maricela de Rivera said.
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[Edited 2007-07-26 19:40:04]