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Los Angeles airport terminal evacuated after man claims he has bomb

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Bomb threat briefly closes terminal at Los Angeles International Airport
  • Man grabbed passenger's luggage, claimed he had bomb, authorities say
  • Incident caused delays to some outbound flights

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Operations were back to normal early Sunday morning after a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was partially closed because of a security threat.

Police cleared out the upper departures level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal after a man entered the terminal and "made threatening statements" shortly 5 p.m. Saturday (8 p.m. ET Saturday), the airport said.

CNN affiliate KTLA-TV cited an airport spokesman as saying that the man grabbed a passenger's luggage outside the terminal and ran inside claiming he had a bomb.

The man was taken into custody and police conducted a security sweep -- before reopening the terminal about 5:30 p.m., the airport said.

The half-hour closure caused minor delays to some outbound flights, the airport said.