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. s kel

    Wow Banasy mY wife and I were comming to see you and your family in Chichago but FORGET IT NOW ITS TOOOO DANGEROUS LOL

    November 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      That's right Rich, and some stores carry both, so you can buy one or the OTTER!

      November 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jena

    Maybe a definition of "pelican case" could be provided in the article.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zombie walks

      And googling Pelican case is real hard to do right?

      November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill744

      A Pelican case is a watertight case sold by a company by that name. They have quite a few to choose from to protect electronics and other items that need to stay dry. Maybe CNN felt they would be providing free advertising if they explained further. A quick Google search unravels the mystery.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      'Pelican Case" – sometimes used for the transport of pelicans. Similar product: 'Otter Box' – uses include but are not limited to housing otters on flights.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      November 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obviously

      Agreed. Yes, it's not hard to google but a major part of journalism is to explain what you have written.

      November 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyMadison

      Not really. The primary goal of journalism is to bring in ad revenue.

      November 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldean50

      you should never google a Pelican . . .that's just mean

      November 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cydne

    A "pelican case" is a waterproof hardshell case, usually used to protect cameras and such. "Otter Box" is a similar item used for the same purpose.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Thanks for the laugh, I needed it!

    November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @s kel:
    Beware of the cake box massacre, also.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jp

    the best waterproof cases in the world

    November 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. What will we all do?

    I'll never feel safe flying again...

    November 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      I'll never feel safe using a battery-powered device again....

      November 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dennis

    Using the word "Explosion" in the head line seems a bit extreme to me, but did sucker me in to a pretty non newsworthy article.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Flyhigh

    At least it happened on the ground and not cruising at 35,000 feet.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Noonie

    LOL @ Otter Box, the only thing that made this worth my time was that comment.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jackson

    AGREED...HEADLINE SCREAMS...article is as lame as...well, as lame as a pelican. (no disrespect to the pelican population), but to CNN...C'mon Man!!!

    November 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Seth

    Good job, TSA.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D.Smithee


    November 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AK

    Yes Zombie walks it is not difficult to google, but Jena is absolutely correct in that if you are writing an article and using a term that is not common, it should be defined for the readers. had it been done by Kara, one of the contributors to the article, we would not have to take that extra step to fully understand the story.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jon Dough

    Defective adult toy??

    November 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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