Four suspicious devices were found Tuesday at John Wayne Airport in the checked luggage of a 27-year-old man, who was being questioned by authorities.
The man, who planned to take a flight to Denver, checked a bag containing three military artillery fuses and a less-lethal grenade sting ball, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock. The grenade projects small rubber pellets when detonated, he said.
When the baggage made its way to Transportation Security Administration
staff, they noticed the devices when running the luggage through screening
sometime after 2 p.m., Hallock said.
All of the devices were in safe condition with no threat of detonation, he said.
Authorities evacuated Gate 21 and escorted all of the Denver-bound
passengers, including the suspect, off of Frontier Airlines flight 264, Hallock
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in an area of the airport where it is not allowed, Hallock said. When authorities checked the man's carry-on bag, there was nothing suspicious in it, Hallock said.
Military officials were on the way to the airport to take possession of
the devices, Hallock said, adding that airport operations were back to normal
by about 3:30 p.m.