Suspicious Item Forces Evacuation At Walker Field Airport

The Grand Junction fire department evacuated Walker Field Airport after a suspicious item is found in someone's luggage. The incident started about 4:30 PM Sunday. According to a spokesperson for the fire department, officials with the Transportation Security Administration called the fire department after screening a suspicious piece of luggage in passenger check–in.

TSA workers were unable to determine exactly what the device was through normal screening techniques. The airport was evacuated and the Grand Junction fire department was called in to contain and mitigate the situation. The bomb squad and a HAZMAT team also responded.

More than 20 people were evacuated from the terminal and were denied access to the airport for an hour. After investigating the suspicious item, authorities found it was not an explosive device. It's described as a liquid filled balloon. The passenger it belonged to was not allowed to fly out of Grand Junction.

TSA officials have sent the item to a laboratory for further testing. Once the item was cleared the airport returned to normal operations.
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