Suspicious Packages Prompts Closure of Florida Airport


0  Updated at 7:23 am, October 2nd, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Image Source/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville International Airport was closed for about five hours Tuesday night after two suspicious packages were discovered on site.

The Florida airport was reopened after the police bomb squad handled the two packages, one of which authorities described as a “destructive device.”

The situation has since been deemed a bomb hoax and suspect Zeljko Causevic is in police custody.

“The subject stated, I came to the security guard and said ‘I’ve got a bomb in here.’  The subject further explained that inside his camouflage backpack he had a device, which he said was ‘supposed to be a bomb, but it’s not,'” airport spokesman Michael Stewart told reporters Wednesday morning.

Causevic, 29, is facing charges of falsely reporting a bomb.  A second man was arrested for resisting officers but is not believed to be associated.

Tuesday night’s closure left travelers in limbo as planeloads of passengers remained on the tarmac for hours.  Those on inbound flights were bussed to offsite hotels.

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