LAX Police, FBI Call Off Search for Bomb at Airport After Phone-Call Threat | NBC Southern California

LAX Police, FBI Call Off Search for Bomb at Airport After Phone-Call Threat

The search for a bomb at LAX was called off after authorities found nothing following a threatening phone call

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    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012)

    Airport police and the FBI have halted a bomb search after they looked in all terminals following a phoned-in threat at Los Angeles International Airport.

    While they investigated, traffic was diverted from lower-level arrivals in three terminals at LAX. That caused a major backup in rush-hour traffic, though lanes were reopened at about 3:40 p.m.

    Travelers had been advised to plan ahead and expect delays.

    LAX police spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles said in a statement that the agency responded to the threat at 2:05 p.m.

    The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad and the Los Angeles Fire Department were on scene, Nettles said at 3:20 p.m. A command post had been set up, as shown at right.

    A caller had said a bomb had been placed in an elevator of a parking garage next to Terminal 1 or 2, Nettles said.

    All terminals were searched and nothing was found. The search concluded at 4:16 p.m., but authorities were continuing to attempt to figure out who the caller is.

    Flight operations were continuing, Nettles said.

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