All clear given at Cleveland Hopkins Airport after ‘security incident’ prompted evacuations

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CLEVELAND-Cleveland police have now given the all clear at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after a security incident Tuesday.

The bomb squad and police evacuated the upper roadway as well as a portion of the ticketing level at Hopkins Airport shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Police were called to investigate a suspicious item found in a vehicle parked near the ticketing level at the airport.

Fred Szabo, interim Airport Director at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, said a man pulled his vehicle up to the upper roadway of the airport. Szabo said during a media briefing Tuesday, “Instead of parking in the garage or dropping an individual off, he parked the car on the left side of the curb, walked into the terminal with his passenger and disappeared.”

Officers noticed the vehicle, walked up to it, but couldn’t find the driver. After trying to locate the driver inside the terminal with no success, a canine unit hit on the vehicle, which normally indicates an explosive device.

As a precaution, the upper roadway was closed. The bomb unit was called in and the lower roadway was also closed while police investigated. 7 flights were delayed during this time.

After an hour, the canine unit cleared the vehicle. The airport was reopened just after 1 p.m.

The driver was eventually located and questioned by police. The case will now be presented to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office.

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