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LAX terminal evacuated on false report of explosives

June 19, 2010 |  7:25 pm

A man who falsely claimed to be carrying an explosive at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday prompted the closure of the Tom Bradley Terminal before police shot him with a stun gun and took him into custody, authorities said.

The incident, which occurred around 5 p.m., began when the suspect grabbed a passenger’s luggage outside of the terminal, ran inside and claimed the package contained a bomb, according to Los Angeles Airport Police.

The terminal was evacuated for 20 minutes as officers pursued the man inside the facility. The package he was carrying did not contain explosives, authorities said.

-- Andrew Blankstein