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Airport Partially Evacuated

November 20, 1999

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) _ Baltimore-Washington International Airport was partially evacuated Saturday because of two suspected grenades found in carry-on luggage that turned out to be inert souvenirs.

It was the second time in three weeks that non-explosive, souvenir grenades set off alarms at BWI security checkpoints.

Passengers were evacuated from the immediate area while the items were examined, said BWI spokeswoman Marilyn Corbett. There were some delays on outgoing flights as a result, she said.

``These items can be purchased as novelty items,″ said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshall Bob Thomas. ``People keep them as a souvenir, paper weight, trophy or gag gift.″

No charges were filed against the passengers, he said.

``If there’s a lesson here, people need to think before they pack their carry-on luggage,″ Ms. Corbett said.

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