The FBI is investigating an incident Tuesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after a checked bag exploded or combusted.
The suspicious item was a checked bag in the C Concourse, according to Transportation Security Administration spokesman Greg Soule.
Soule said Chicago police, fire and ordnance teams are on the scene. The FBI is interviewing the owner of the bag, Soule said. He added that a perimeter has been established to ensure the safety of people in the area. There were no evacuation orders in place, officials said.
United Airlines spokeswoman Mary Ryan said one employee had been taken to an area hospital.
“A United Airlines baggage handler received minor burns while handling 'pelican cases' which contained batteries,” according to Larry Langford with the Chicago Fire Department. “While the investigation is still under way, it is believed that a metal strip may have triggered the batteries inside the case. There is no criminal activity suspected and (it) is being treated as an accident. The Chicago Fire Department is checking other containers."
- CNN’s Kara Devlin contributed to this report.
This happened to me when I had two AAs and some change in a pocket. Dumb da dumb dumb, OUCH!
The hype is in the headline...the news is in the last sentence. Guess which approach CNN chose? No wonder people have to little regard for the media. And CNN is not the only news organization that routinely does this...apparently it's all about ratings and web traffic rather than being honest brokers of information.
very well put. headlines can be so misleading
This is CNN remember? It is an entertainment business built on advertising revenue generated by often questionable headlines. Most of their articles have not even been spell checked. If you are expecting honest and unbiased news reporting you should look at . . . Actually, I am not sure where to find honest and unbiased new reporting anymore.
The propagating of fear is a great business for the media to help push ideas like war, depopulation, or what ever other agenda their handlers demand.
Wow. That's an unbelievely fear-mongering and deceptive headline. But nobody would have clicked on "Batteries Explode" I guess.
CNN headline writers did this ON PURPOSE to get more page views and google ad money.. PATHETIC>. well.. I am NOT going to go to cnn.com for at least 10 days now.. f u cnn
Glad CNN allowed me to waste a few minutes of my morning coffee time and a few more to type this in frustration. Going to Newsmax from now on. They seem to be the only ones telling the real story anyway! Ciao
Disingenuous of CNN.
I hope the idiots at TSA replace the damaged batteries.
Morons should not mess with electridity.
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