- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities are investigating how two pipes filled with corn ended up at a central Ohio airport, prompting partial closures and several delayed flights.

Officials say two airline employees spotted two 12-inch PVC pipes shortly after 3 p.m. Monday in a rock bed near a baggage-claim entrance at Port Columbus airport.

The pipes prompted a brief lockdown to portions of the airport, and a bomb squad was called to the scene.

Crews later determined the two pipes contained kernels of corn. Authorities say they’re not sure why the pipes were filled with corn or how they ended up outside the airport.

A handful of flights were delayed, but airport officials say operations returned to normal within an hour.

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