Exploding battery in bag causes brief panic at OIA


The Orlando Police Department announced on Twitter that no shots were fired and no one was injured.

Thankfully, it turned out the mysterious smoke was caused by a lithium battery in a camera exploding inside the bag. He says a complete review of airport response will take place on Monday.

While it was a minor incident, it still caused hours of delays and chaos.

Shortly after 5 p.m. witnesses reported hearing a loud noise inside the main terminal building in front of a TSA security checkpoint to Gates 1-59.

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"It was pandemonium", said traveler Mike Robinson while describing the ensuing panic.

Security checkpoints began requiring a separate screening for cameras back in July, and the United States is now urging airlines to ban cameras in checked bags due to fears of camera batteries exploding and causing catastrophic fires.

If the classic non-photographer nightmare is showing up for the first day of school in your underwear, then the underwater shooter version is probably having your camera batteries catch fire at the airport. All flights were temporarily halted and 24 were canceled as authorities investigated, according to Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Airport Authority.

Authorities did not report any injuries from the incident.

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Terminals A and B were evacuated, and trams were stopped temporarily, Johnson said. A lithium battery in a camera exploded in a bag; that was the noise people heard.

The checkpoint for gates 70 through 129 was reopened after security sweeps indicated they could be safely reactivated.

After an investigation, the battery responsible for the incident was reported to have been a camera battery, which is legal aboard flights.

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