Boy Scout detained after toy grenade prompts Houston airport evacuation

Possible explosion at Hobby airport
Houston airport security checkpoint reopens

HOUSTON (AP, WTHR) — Passengers catching early-morning flights had to evacuate Houston's William P. Hobby Airport after a TSA agent found what turned out to be a fake grenade in a bag at security checkpoint.

According to an Associated Press journalist going through the checkpoint, Transportation Security Administration workers shouted "Shut it down! Everyone leave!" at about 4:35 a.m. CDT, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

Passengers were kept hundreds of feet away as an explosive unit investigated to see if the device was active.

The security checkpoint reopened around 6:30 a.m.

According to KPRC, police said a 17-year-old boy scout had a toy grenade in his bag as part of an exercise for what not to bring to an airport.

This incident comes only a day after police detained "an impatient passenger" who made comments about explosives in a bag at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said the unidentified passenger's "inappropriate comment" prompted a bomb squad to close the international terminal for nearly an hour.

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