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Powdery Substance at NY's LaGuardia Not Hazardous
Fri Mar 21, 5:02 PM ET
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspicious powdery substance was discovered at LaGuardia Airport on Friday, causing a brief evacuation of the main terminal, authorities said.

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The substance was not identified, but it was deemed not hazardous, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Heather Rosenker said.

The substance was discovered about 1 p.m. during the search of a woman's handbag at an American Airlines section of the terminal, said a police spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the city's airports.

The TSA spokeswoman said no one was injured but several baggage screeners were decontaminated as a precaution.

Ten people who complained of feeling sick were treated at the scene "as a precautionary measure," said Frank McCartney, a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management.

Normal operations at the terminal resumed about an hour later, the Port Authority said.


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