Lighter prompts airport evacuation
Published 17/03/2010 | 13:41
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.
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.