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Thursday, August 17, 2006

W. Virginia airport evacuated in explosive alert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities evacuated the terminal at Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West Virginia, on Thursday after a test on two plastic containers carried by a female passenger showed a possible explosive, the airport's director told CNN.

Airport director Larry Salyers told the network that security screeners had detected material in the containers that indicated "it very well could be a bomb." The passenger was detained by the FBI and being questioned, he said.

Testing by Transportation Security Agency equipment as well as dogs indicated the substance in the containers was "not permissible and very suspect." They were taken by robot to a remote area for further analysis, Salyers said.

He said the woman, who he did not identify, was originally from Jackson, Michigan, and identification papers showed she was born in 1978.
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