Illinois airport evacuated due to suspicious bag


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — 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 lookalike 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.