'Suspicious item' detected at Miami International Airport, travelers evacuated; Update: Grenade-shaped lighter triggered scare

Those familiar with holiday travel know it can be a real hassle, but perhaps no one understands that better today than travelers at Miami International Airport. After a ‘suspicious item’ was found …

… the entire airport was reportedly evacuated.

Needless to say, travelers are frustrated and confused:

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and update with any developments.



It appears that the ‘suspicious item’ that triggered the evacuation was, in fact, a lighter shaped like a grenade.

A lighter was mistaken for a grenade at Miami International Airport, prompting a security scare on Christmas Eve, said Miami-Dade Police.

The item was found in a bag in Concourse J. The upper floor of concourses J through H was shut down for about an hour, said Marc Henderson, the Media Relations Manager for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

Airport activity is now relatively back to normal. Better safe than sorry!

  • Just Another Guy

    Probably a fruitcake. Lots of them in Miami.

  • TocksNedlog

    So many things qualify as “suspicious items”:
    — An unattended backpack
    — A package that’s ticking
    — An event where Barack Obama DOESN’T talk about himself

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Please stop exaggerating! Your #3 item is an impossibility.

      • TocksNedlog

        Well, Bigfoot qualifies as a ‘suspicious item’ too.

  • Jack Deth

    Anyone want to guess the over/under that the “suspicious package” was place by a union baggage handler?

    Probably in a badly thought out, poorly executed act of solidarity with hunger striking USPS workers.

    Kudos to the airport cops for keeping on top of this!

    Wait… What?

    Isn’t that supposed to be TSA’s job?

  • mickeyco

    If the airport had blown up, I don’t think it’d make much difference if I were standing inside or leaning against the outside of the building. Shouldn’t the crowd be a little further away- like a block or two?