Authorities Close a Ticketing Area At LaGuardia Due To Suspicious Substance

The area near a ticketing counter and food court at LaGuardia Airport was evacuated today as authorities investigated a suspicious package.

Eyewitness News is told that a piece of checked luggage never got on a plane. Screeners got to it, and while looking at the bag found a vial of white powder. Working on the side of caution, they called law enforcement and hazardous material experts to the scene.

Hazzmat is still trying to identify the substance but reports it is not harmful.

Airport officials say the terminal was not closed, but one ticketing area was roped off just after 1:00pm. It happened in Concourse D, near the American Airlines section of the main terminal.

Eleven civilians and one emergency worker were evaluated on the scene for reported "itchy symptoms." A government official says their injuries are "minor to non-existent."

The ticketing area that was closed off is now reopened.

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