Palm Beach airport shut down for several hours over alarm clock

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Officials shut down and evacuated two floors of Palm Beach International Airport in Florida Saturday after a piece of luggage started beeping and prompted workers to call the county’s explosive experts.

The suspicious bag, containing a digital alarm clock, caused the first and second floors of the airport to close for several hours, delaying flights, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The beeping came from a hard-sided case near the Silver Airways’ ticket counter at about 11:30 a.m., said Eric Davis, a spokesman for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, The Post reported.

“They deemed it needed more investigation,” said Sandy Davis, airport spokeswoman

This is the first time she recalled the airport being closed for an explosives scare, but the Transportation Safety Administration has found guns in baggage eight times this year.

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