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.
Police closed the upper roadway at Los Angeles International Airport for a short period Wednesday afternoon after they feared a suspicious item found in Terminal 2 might contain a bomb.
The incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. when an unattended bag was found near the TSA screening area, a police source said. A portion of the terminal, which handles international flights, was evacuated, a law enforcement source source said.
The Los Angeles Police bomb squad responded and cleared the bag at about 3:30 p.m., officials said. Only clothing was found in the bag, according to my police source. It was a roller bag.
Here’s the first statement the airport put out on the incident:
“At approximately 2:45 p.m., Los Angeles Airport Police responded to an unattended bag at Terminal 2 near an elevator on the upper level in the ticketing area. An airport police K9 team responded to the location and upgraded the unattended bag to a suspicious article. A perimeter has been established, the Transportation Security Administration screening station has been temporarily halted. LAPD bomb squad in enroute and LAFD on scene.”
A few minutes later, however, I got an email telling me the item was cleared.
Here are some Tweets on the incident.