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. banasy©

    I agree completely; Google should accompany the article, not be used instead of.
    If Google not in existence, they would have explained what the case was...
    That seems to be the answer for anyone not wanting to explain themselves: "Google it".

    November 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ballson Chinn

    It blowed up. It blowed up real good.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeb

      I'll tell ya' a movie I didn't like was "Blow-up" by Michaelagelo Antonioni. Nothing got blowed-up.

      November 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Kind of like things that you like to blow up,or on.

      November 3, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. CNNfan

    Everyone should be required to tape or completely cover all battery contacts to ensure they do not easily short circuit.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Where is that from? SCTV?

    November 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hedy LaMarr

      I think it is SCTV. My parents use to say this a lot.

      November 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Actually, it was from an old alka seltzer commercial.

      November 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      It was the Farm Film Report with Big Jim McBob and Billy Saul Hiroc (John Candy and Joe Flaherty, I forget which was which).

      May the good Lord take a likin' to you, and blow you up real good.

      November 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      OK Bimbo, try reading further down before you start showing off that big brain.

      November 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Real SOON. I just GOOGLED IT.

      November 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Really, bobcat?
    And here I thought it was John Candy.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    'Jim and Bob of SCTV's Farm Report were fond of saying, “It blowed up. It blowed up real good."

    Take *that*, bobcat! Bwa ha ha ha ha!

    November 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cindy

    I'm so sorry. My mr happy toy exploded. I was on a lengthy trip and brought him along. I am so so so sorry.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    So now we don't just have to worry about shoe bombers or underwear bombers. This is all part of the natural progression.

    November 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©


    And here I did it from memory.
    Guess I don't have mad cow disease.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lucid Citizen

    Meanwhile the specifics in this article just gave Al Qaeda a new idea.

    November 2, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Oh stop it... What, is this all part of the liberal media's grand plot to assist the terrorists by writing single paragraph blurbs about accidents? Yeah, we better watch out for that kind of thing.

      November 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fly Guy in SJ

    @Lucid – do you really think Al Qaeda doesn't already know that lithium ion batteries can explode? I thought there wasn't anyone who didn't know that, but I guess we found one.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NicoleinRI

    I really hope there weren't any penguins killed in this incident!

    November 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NicoleinRI

      Wow, in trying to sound like a dufus, I really succeeded! What I meant to say was, I hope no PELICANS were killed in this accident.

      November 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Damie

    Well if the baggage handlers didn't treat luggage like they're footballs it probably never would have gone off!!!! And yet they confiscated my soda at security but let a guy check a bag full of batteries go through. Idiots.

    November 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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