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July 13, 2005
Minneapolis Airport Terminal Evacuated On Possible Bomb Threat

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Minneapolis-St. Paul airport has evacuated its Humphrey terminal, where most charter flights embark and disembark, after an unattended package got the attention of a bomb-sniffing dog:

The Humphrey Terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was evacuated this evening after bomb-sniffing dogs smelled something suspicious in an unattended bag.

Passengers and employees were sent to a parking garage across the street. The Bloomington bomb squad was on the scene.

The Lindbergh Terminal was not affected by the evacuation.

No more details are available at the moment. Keep checking back. (h/t: Hugh Hewitt)

UPDATE: The story has been updated. Now it appears that two dogs sniffed something suspicious in two vending machines. The machines were separated within the terminal, one being roughly in the center and the other located at the south end. Air traffic continues to get processed at the larger Lindbergh terminal, but Humphrey has been shut down until further notice.

UPDATE II: The airport spokesman says he thinks this is a false positive. KSTP has the updated report:

The Humphrey Terminal at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport has been evacuated. Two bomb-sniffing dogs apparently sat down next to two different vending machines in different parts of the building. ... Sitting down indicates a threat, according to officials. The dogs were on a routines patrol of the airport. ...

[MAC spokesman Pat] Hogan said he believes this is a false positive, however, the Bloomington bomb squad is on the scene working with the airport police K-9 unit.

It seems like an odd coincidence that two dogs spotted two different machines, however. KARE-11 reports that one of the machines was a Wells Fargo ATM and the other a food vending machine.

UPDATE III: The machines have been removed by forklift for further testing, and the terminal will apparently re-open, if it hasn't already.

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