‘Suspicious vehicle’ at LAX is acquitted after screeching airport traffic

A “suspicious vehicle” prompted authorities to close the Los Angeles International Airport departures level and divert traffic for more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon before the vehicle was released.

Just before 4:30 p.m., LAX officials said on Twitter that “the upper/departure level of the airport is closed for investigation.”

“Police have cleared the vehicle that caused the security problem and are starting to let our guests back into the affected areas,” the airport said on Twitter shortly after 6 p.m.

Los Angeles Police Department said the explosives disposal service responded after a vehicle was left unattended around 4 p.m. The officers found there was no threat to public safety.

The investigation caused major disruption to traffic in and around the airport. Vehicles were diverted from the Tom Bradley International Terminal and the shuttles were not running, the airport said.

LAX officials did not say evacuations had been ordered, but images on social media showed hundreds of travelers standing outside some terminals. Airport officials did not immediately respond to questions.

Travelers were advised to allow themselves extra time to arrive.

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