Portions of a major U.S. airport were evacuated late Saturday evening following the discovery of a suspicious item, according to a Fox News report.
Part of a Los Angeles International Airport ticketing area was evacuated after a suspicious item was discovered in the Tom Bradley Terminal around 9:30 p.m., according to an announcement on X by law enforcement.
“Traffic diverted to West Way due to Police activity at Tom Bradley Terminal in the upper level @flyLAXairport,” L.A. aiport police stated in a post to the department’s X account. “Your patience is appreciated.”
Officials took immediate action by diverting travelers and staff members to West Way for their safety, the Fox report noted.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad was promptly dispatched to the scene to assess the situation, the report noted.
After thorough investigation, the scene was declared safe just before 11 p.m., and LAX provided further details in a statement, according to the report.
“At approximately 9:30 pm, there was a suspicious item at Tom Bradley International Terminal,” noted the X account FL360aero. “Airport Police responded and set up a perimeter along with a partial evacuation.”
“LAPD Bomb Squad responded and determined that the item was deemed safe. Repopulation is in progress.”
The exact nature of the suspicious item and an account of who discovered the item or why it was deemed suspicous has not yet been disclosed by authorities.