Smoking Bag Causes Panic at Orlando Airport

Smoking Bag Causes Panic at Orlando Airport

"I approached it, I radioed, then I picked up to the bag and brought it to that wheelchair sign in hopes that if it did go off, some of the shock would be absorbed by the pillar".

New footage from the Orlando International Airport shows what happened during a scary incident that led to flight cancelations, delays and an evacuation of the airport.

Travellers were evacuated from the main terminal building in Orlando International Airport after a camera battery overheated and exploded inside a bag near a Transport Security Administration checkpoint.

You can see here a TSA officer sees the backpack and grabs the smoking bag and runs away from people standing in line.

Once searched, the noise was discovered to have been a lithium ion camera battery that had exploded and caught fire inside the camera bag, which began to smoke.

WESH 2 further reported that the officer who grabbed the bag was well equipped to handle the situation.

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A spokesperson for the TSA said that some people panicked and went running through security checks without being screened, so agents directed a ground stop at the airport and ordered more than 5,000 passengers be rescreened.

Brown said the entire screening took a total of 6.5 hours to clear all gates: "Much of the delay stemmed from a lack of gate space for returning aircraft and aircraft that needed to be moved/relocated", he said. There was a battery inside that was over-heated and exploding in pops that sounded like gunfire. "Because it's louder than the public address system", Brown said.

The incident did not pose any danger to people at the airport, the department's Twitter post said.

Numerous flights were delayed due to the incident. But it seems like a good time for a PSA reminder: Always keep your lithium ion batteries in carry-on and ideally separate from the camera itself.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

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