Inert grenade leads to evacuation at Stewart International Airport

The State Police Bomb Disposal Unit removed an inert grenade from the luggage of passenger. (4/16/14)

NEWBURGH - A terminal was evacuated and flights were delayed earlier today at Stewart International Airport after an inert grenade was found.

A TSA agent found the grenade inside a 13-year-old boy's carry-on luggage at around 10:30 a.m. The airport terminal was immediately evacuated and the State Police Bomb Disposal Unit was called in.The non-working grenade was removed and safely blown up as a precaution.

The airport was then swept by bomb-sniffing dogs before it reopened. Two incoming flights were delayed because of the evacuation and police action. Airport activity was back to normal by noon.

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State police say the boy and his parents did not mean to cause any harm. No criminal charges have been filed.

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