Parts of OKC airport evacuated after package found

June 3, 2011 - 12:43 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials at Will Rogers World Airport evacuated portions of the building and cancelled some departing flights after a suspicious box was discovered Friday morning at a baggage claim office.

The Oklahoma City Police Department bomb squad arrived at the scene about 9:15 a.m., and airport officials evacuated passengers from the ticket lobby and baggage claim levels, airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said.

"We moved people on the concourse to the farthest ends, beyond the 300-foot perimeter," Carney said. "We stopped inbound planes for a short time, but planes are now landing."

Carney said the suspicious package was a shipping box, and that its "contents couldn't be resolved, so the Oklahoma City airport police were called." Airport police were investigating the box.

Authorities halted departing flights at about 9:45 a.m., and inbound flights were not allowed to pull up to the gates. Police also stopped inbound vehicle traffic north of the airport, Carney said.

"We probably are going to see some delays and cancellations as a result of this," Carney said.