Arrests made after destructive device found at Florida airport

Arrests made after destructive device found at Florida airport

Credit: WTEV / CBS News

Zeljko Causevic, 39, is facing charges for a false report of a bomb and manufacturing, possessing or selling a hoax bomb, CBS affiliate WTEV reported Wednesday morning. He is due in court this.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 8:53 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Airport authorities say there have been two arrests stemming from the evacuation and bomb scare at Jacksonville International Airport.

A third arrest is expected within the hour, according to airport spokesman Michael Stewart.

Zeljko Causevic, 39, is facing charges for a false report of a bomb and manufacturing, possessing or selling a hoax bomb, CBS affiliate WTEV reported Wednesday morning. He is due in court this.

Investigators say Causevic was in a security checkpoint area and said, "I got a bomb in here."  According to the report, the suspect then told airport workers that "he had a camouflage backpack with a bomb, but it's not." Police found a microchip inside the device.

The device had to be rendered safe by the bomb squad.

Investigators are not sure if Causevic was flying out of JIA.

Police arrested a second person for acting suspiciously and resisting arrest near the airport parking garage.  Investigators say he's not connected to the bomb hoax scare.

The man shown on video being removed from a flight was not arrested.  He was interviewed and let go.  Stewart said the pilot was being extra cautious.

The airport terminal was evacuated around 6 p.m. Tuesday because of a report of two suspicious packages.

The airport was reopened to travelers and workers just after 11 p.m on Tuesday.

Most passengers who were stuck last night have been reunited with their luggage.  There are still some bags at the airport waiting for their owners.

Stewart said security is back to normal at the airport.

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