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Threat Prompts Closure of Calif. Airports

By Associated Press


LONG BEACH, Calif. - Airports in Long Beach and Orange County were shut down early Tuesday because of bomb threats, officials said.

Bomb threats were made by telephone, according to Long Beach airport spokeswoman Sharon Diggs-Jackson and federal Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez.

At Long Beach, all early flights were canceled, said police Nancy Pratt. Police were searching the airport with bomb-sniffing dogs.

Officials cautioned that even after the airport was reopened there would be long delays because screeners would have to check a large volume of passengers.

John Wayne Airport in Orange County reopened and resumed normal operations, Melendez said.

Both airports are located within 50 miles of Los Angeles.

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Bomb components found at San Diego airport

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baggage screeners found bomb components in a carry-on piece of luggage at San Diego International Airport on Tuesday and cleared the area to investigate, Department of Homeland Security spokesmen said.

A department spokesman said the screeners found "all components of an IED" (improvised explosive device) in a piece of luggage at around 7:45 a.m. (10:45 a.m. EDT)

They then evacuated the commuter terminal of the airport and bomb specialists began to investigate, the spokesman said.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said an employee noticed a "suspicious item" in a piece of luggage as it was going through the X-ray machine.

Officials at the airport were not immediately available for comment.

The Homeland Security spokesman said officials were investigating to see if there was any link between the discovery in San Diego and bomb threats at two Los Angeles-area airports.

Searches at the Long Beach airport and a separate threat at nearby Orange County's John Wayne airport were resolved with no bombs found.

Melendez said he was unaware of any other incidents at other California airports.

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