Passenger arrested after dynamite 'joke'

Published On: Nov 26 2012 02:44:39 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 27 2012 11:22:29 AM EST

Terminal J at Miami International Airport was evacuated for a few hours Monday afternoon after a passenger told a ticket agent he had dynamite in his luggage.

According to the arrest affidavit, Alejandro Leon Hurtado, 63, a doctor from Guatemala, was checking for a flight at the TACA Airlines ticket counter in Termianl J.

The ticket agent, Jose Dominguez, checked in Hurtado's two bags and asked him if he had any hazardous materials inside of them.

Hurtado answered that he had dynamite inside of his luggage, according to the arrest affidavit. Dominguez asked again, and again Hurtado replied that he had dynamite in his luggage and started laughing.

Once Hurtado was told that police were going to be called, he stated that he was joking.

Hurtado admitted to police that he stated he had dynamite and it was supposed to be a joke.

Miami-Dade Bomb Squad responded to the scene and after some time cleared his luggage.

Terminal J was evacuated at 12:30 p.m. until about 2 p.m. because of this incident.

Only one Avianca departure was delayed. A few international arrivals were also delayed from entering the Concourse J federal inspection area because of the evacuation.

Hurtado is facing charges of false report bomb/explosives at airport.


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