Toothbrushes cause commotion at LAX, but LAPD Bomb Squad clears luggage

Electric toothbrushes caused a bomb scare on Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport, police said.

The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m. on the ramp at Gate 26 in Terminal 2. While loading a bag, ramp workers noticed it was vibrating and became concerned, said Sgt. Karla Ortiz of Los Angeles World Airports police.

The owner of the bag said the vibration was caused by electric toothbrushes, but the bomb squad was called out just in case, Ortiz said.

“It was a checked bag that was being loaded onto the plane,” Ortiz said. “As they were loaded it they came across it and found it vibrating. They called the passenger and they discovered it was toothbrushes.”

Police cleared the bag at about noon.

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Another IED threat brings bomb squad to LAX

A woman at Los International Airport claimed to have a improvised explosive device in the parking garage adjacent to American Airlines’ Terminal 4 at about 1 a.m. this morning, a police source told me.

Police established a perimeter and the LAPD bomb squad was called in, Sgt. Belinda Nettles of Los Angeles World Airports police said. The bomb squad cleared the garage at about 1:45 a.m. Friday, Nettles said.

After the incident, the woman was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, Nettles said.

This was the second bomb scare within six hours at LAX. At around 6 p.m., the bomb squad was called out to investigate an unattended bag at Terminal 3. That item was also cleared. The L.A. Times has a short article about that scare.

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PHOTOS: See the item LAX police thought might have been a bomb

Earlier today, Los Angeles International Airport police responded to a report that there was a bomb that an airport cargo facility used by US Airways. It turned out to be a false alarm. 

But police took photographs of the item, which I obtained through an inside source. Here’s what officers found when they arrived at the facility. Can you see why they were alarmed?





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