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Suspicious Backpack at Palomar Airport Prompts Evacuations

Carlsbad CA — On Monday October 06, 2014 at approximately 6:23 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious package that was left just outside the main terminal at Mcclellan Palomar Airport located 2198 Palomar Airport in the City of Carlsbad, California.

Units responded to the scene where they were alerted to a green backpack that was sitting just outside the main terminal doors. The Carlsbad Police Department and the Carlsbad Fire Department were unable to determine who the owner of the bag was or what the contents of the bag were. Therefore, for safety of the public, patrons, and employees, the airport terminal and The Landings restaurant were evacuated.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit was notified of the situation and responded to the scene. While San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bomb/Arson Unit conducted their investigation, the owner of the backpack returned to the scene. The owner stated that she had landed at the airport earlier in the day and while loading her baggage in a vehicle she inadvertently left the backpack behind. Units were able to determine that the contents of the backpack were personal items.

The Airport was restored to normal operating conditions at approximately 8:04 PM. No flights were cancelled as a result of this incident. No further investigation is being conducted at this time.

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