‘Suspicious Package’ Turns Out to be Discarded Motor
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A ″suspicious package″ that prompted the evacuation of the Portland International Jetport terminal Tuesday night turned out to be a discarded electric motor, officials said.
The terminal was evacuated shortly before 11 p.m. when a custodian found the object in the trash. It was described by police as ″cannister-shaped, with some wires coming out of it.″
Ordnance experts from the Brunswick Naval Air Station were called to the scene as a precaution, but airport officials identified the object before the Navy team arrived.
Airport manager Thomas Valleau said the package was a metal cylinder containing an electric motor that had been taken from the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine used to check baggage being placed aboard the planes.
The evacuation caused no flight delays, officials said.