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Bakersfield airport shut after hazardous material is found in checked bag

January 5, 2010 | 10:41 am

No airplanes are landing or departing from Bakersfield's airport this morning as officials deal with an "ongoing security incident," according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

As of 10 a.m, at least 15 fights had been delayed, including five commercial flights and 10 private aircraft. At least one arriving aircraft -- a SkyWest flight from San Francisco -- was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport, according to the FAA.

Officials believe the situation at Meadows Field Airport could return to normal later this morning.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman told the Associated Press that a hazardous material was found in a checked bag at about 8:20 a.m. A hazardous material crew and bomb squad were called to the airport as a precaution.

-- Dan Weikel

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