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Woman Flying To SFO Checks Luggage Containing Explosives

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Mines found in suitcase (TSA)

Mines found in suitcase (TSA)

NEWARK, NJ (CBS SF) — A New Jersey woman headed to San Francisco International Airport was briefly detained Tuesday after Transportation Security Administration screeners found explosive devices inside a suitcase she had checked for the flight, federal authorities told CBS San Francisco.

TSA explosives experts said the woman’s luggage contained three small Claymore land mine casings, two of which were “packed with shrapnel.”

According to the TSA, the woman told officials at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C that she had packed the mines in her suitcase because she was going to be attending an explosives demonstration.

TSA and local police confiscated the weapons, but allowed the woman – identified only as a resident of Union, New Jersey – to travel on a later flight to San Francisco.

(Copyright 2012 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

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