On one of the busiest travel days of the year, with people coming and going home from the holiday weekend, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was dealing with more than just big crowds.
The FBI found and questioned the man who rented a car in which a suspicious device was found, an airport spokesman said Sunday night.
Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says the FBI found him somewhere in Oregon. Hogan said he did not know which city. The man was questioned but was not arrested, he said.
"He suggests that it was not meant to be a bomb. but the FBI is still investigating and trying to confirm his statements," Hogan said.
The Bloomington Police Department's bomb squad detonated the device, finding it contained no explosive material. But airport spokesman Pat Hogan said it appeared to be an attempt at either crafting a bomb or something that looked like one.
"It had wires coming out of it, and shrapnel attached, and it was concealed in the cargo area in a way where you wouldn't see it if you were just casually looking into the trunk," Hogan said. "We always have to err on the side of caution. This appears to be an isolated incident. We're just trying to identify what this device was and why it was located in the car."
An employee of Avis Rent A Car found the device while inspecting the recently returned car around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Bloomington bomb squad detonated it without incident a few hours later, and Hogan said airport operations were not affected.
Airport security officers with bomb-sniffing dogs swept the airport terminal and the parking garage where the car was returned, but Hogan said they didn't turn up anything else suspicious.
"Certainly this incident wasn't the kind of thing we were hoping to happen today."
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