Thursday 8 December 2016

Lighter prompts airport evacuation

Published 17/03/2010 | 13:41

A grenade-shaped cigarette lighter has forced the evacuation of an airport in Poland
A grenade-shaped cigarette lighter has forced the evacuation of an airport in Poland

A grenade-shaped cigarette lighter in a boy's checked luggage has forced the evacuation of some 1,000 people from an airport in Poland and delayed four international flights.

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A spokesman for the airport in Katowice said passengers and workers were evacuated on Wednesday from the airport after a grenade shape was detected in a suitcase destined for Dortmund, Germany.

Some 80 firefighters and anti-terrorist officers were involved in the evacuation and in checking the object, which a 13-year-old German boy bought as a souvenir during a school trip to Poland.

The lighter was confiscated because objects that appear like weapons are banned from airplanes.

Flights to London, Liverpool, Dortmund and Oslo were delayed.

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