November 1st, 2011
01:53 PM ET

One person hurt after bag explosion at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

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.

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  1. cesar

    Maybe it was a large poop bomb. I would love to be nearby if that were the case. Like a good old fashioned snowball fight, but with poop balls instead. Man how fun would that be, seriously?

    November 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      Depends on how long you hold still.

      November 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleveland Steamer

      WOW......did you ever say a mouth full!

      November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cheryl

    And I like how the headline says "One person hurt after explosion".....I mean come on CNN you guys are really embarrasing yourselves. When I saw the small headline on the screen I was thinking to myself "Why isn't this major news, that a bomb went off at an airport?" Then after reading the article I certainly know why!

    November 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • dale

      they leave the fact that there was no bomb until the final paragraph–real journalism!

      November 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dog Lover

      @Dale: Really? It's a whole five paragraphs (if you count the first two sentences as paragraphs). If our attention spans are so short that we can't read seven sentences before we find out the possible conclusion of the article, we have bigger problems. I do agree that the headline was unnecessarily sensationalist. Perhaps "Accidental explosion injures one at O'Hare."

      November 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sid

    So does this mean I can take shampoo and toothpaste again?

    November 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tallslender

    Nice headline for CNN to grab clicks...it should have read battery explodes in checked luggage, one minor injury. Instead, it reads like a terrorist attack. Nice job Kara!

    November 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      MAYBE exploded, likely just combusted.

      November 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OMG! I thought this was for real!

    What kind of batteries!?

    November 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimbo

    Hey kids, don't blow this story off as a whole lot of nothing. A checked bag full of batteries is not legal but should have been declared as hazardous cargo and treated as such. Also, lithium batteries can and have brought down airplanes and their control is high on the lists of wants and desires of aviation safety professionals.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wascallywabbit

    1 person injured, hundreds fooled by explosion of stupidity by CNN sensational journalism.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lork

    most likly NICAd or METAL NICKLE. I had a nicad short once. WOW, bad thing to happen!! They dump all of there current and flames and smoke came out of it, and the foam they were in.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Optimist

    Central Network for Nonsense(CNN) reporting –
    Call it what it is in the headlines CNN and quit wasting peoples time and keepin us in fear and terror all the times. Some propoganda network you are turning out to be.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    This is a pathetic story. It was an accident most likely, and they're trying to rile up the masses into thinking Omar tried wiping out some 'murrrricans again.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john davis

    Damn funny as hell...all you guys and girls out there worried about terrorist i want you to realize NOBODY GETS OUT OF THIS LIFE ALIVE (well except for jesus or mohammed depending on your belief structure) really it makes me wanna pee in my pants at how scary the headline was and then the article was about a battery going pop which might seriously hurt you if you shorted it out and swallowed it omg run for the hills the terrorist are coming !!! please people think about it and listen to the immortal words of douglas adams (DON'T PANIC !)

    November 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ART

    My guess is Cesar is into poop

    November 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ismet

    Scary, hope it is an accident and I HOPE MEDIA DOESN'T DISCLOSE HOW THIS PASSED TSA AND DON'T GIVE ANY IDEAS TO WOULD BE TERRORIST. I love flying, it's a thrill but lately I m becoming more and more scared.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. scranton

    A non story.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sheila vayle

    All the Christian networks are reporting that Palestine has sent missiles into Israel and CNN is worried about a battery that apparently was faulty? Come on? get to reporting the REAL serious news!

    November 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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