updated 6/2/2011 8:58:36 AM ET 2011-06-02T12:58:36

A terminal at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has been briefly evacuated by authorities investigating a suspicious package.

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokeswoman Sara Beth Joren says Terminal A was evacuated for about an hour Wednesday evening.

It's unknown if flights were delayed or canceled because of the shutdown.

Such security shutdowns at the airport are fairly common.

A security checkpoint was briefly closed last month after a Transportation Security Administration officer saw a water bottle in a carry-on bag but the wrong bag was removed for inspection. A checkpoint also briefly closed in February when an improperly screened passenger entered a secure area.

Part of a terminal briefly closed in December when a computer monitor checked as baggage caused a security scare.

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