Blank mortar shells cause airport evacuation

/ Source: The Associated Press

People were evacuated from the upper level of a Los Angeles Airport terminal after mortar shells were found at a baggage screening area, a law enforcement official said.

A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad responded to the scene around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, police department spokesman Lt. Jason Lee said. No explosives were found.

"We found out that it was an inert round," Lee said. "No explosives, just a shell."

The items turned out to be two replicas of mortar shells that apparently were purchased from a novelty shop, said airport spokesman Paul Haney.

Lee said there were no arrests.

Passengers were allowed back into Terminal Two less than two hours later. The terminal services a dozen airlines, including Northwest Airlines, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic.