Related article: L.A. port bomb threat turns out to be a hoax
By James Beltran
The Associated Press
Traffic is congested at Los Angeles International Airport after a bomb threat. No explosives were found on the man or in a backpack he had, according to an FBI spokesperson. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES — Several flights were grounded at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday after a man claimed to be a terrorist and made a bomb threat, police said.
No explosives were found on the man or in a backpack he had, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
The man was detained by police for questioning, police spokesman Jim Holcomb said.
The man walked up to an officer, dropped a backpack at his feet outside the international terminal and made threats, Holcomb said
"He said, 'I'm a terrorist, I've got a bomb in the bag and I'm going to blow it up now,'" Holcomb told The Associated Press. Holcomb described the man as between 25 and 30 years old.
Holcomb said a police bomb squad squirted the bag with a water cannon and the bag did not explode.
Authorities shut down traffic near the airport's terminal 3 while the threat was investigated. Flights at several terminals were also grounded, but normal operations resumed Wednesday afternoon.
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Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said no one was evacuated from inside the terminals but the upper and lower roadways near terminal 3 were closed.