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Smoking suitcase at Logan caused by e-cigarette battery

(Transportation Security Administration)

A smoking suitcase triggered an alarm as it went through a baggage scanner at Logan International Airport over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The sight of smoke rising from the seam of the blue plastic wheeled bag caused “ disruption in the checked baggage screening room,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

The incident, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, forced the area to be evacuated for about 50 minutes while Massport Fire & Rescue and the State Police bomb squad to investigated “to ensure the suitcase did not contain an explosive device,” the statement said.

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Investigators determined that the smoke was caused by a lithium battery in an e-cigarette that ignited.

The passenger who owned the suitcase was traveling to Kansas City International Airport, the TSA said. The flight was delayed until the situation was cleared.

The incident took place during a record-setting holiday travel period when the TSA screened 56,686 passengers, officials said.


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