Suspicious package shuts down McCook NE airport [MCK]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump boom in the night airport ....​
    This showed up in Google News as:​

    McCook Police say they have no updates for the public on a suspicious package that shut down the Ben Nelson Regional Airport in McCook for several hours Thursday ... The mayor said he had not received a full briefing from McCook Police, but reports indicated the State Patrol, FBI, and TSA all responding.

    But if you drill a little deeper, there was actually some substance to this event:

    1011 NOW: Update: Police Say Person of Interest Identified in Bomb Scare at McCook Airport (Apr 19 2013)

    Police say a person of interest has been identified. A police dispatcher said Friday morning that no arrest has been reported. Authorities say a small explosive device was neutralized at the McCook airport in southwest Nebraska. The McCook Daily Gazette reports that Transportation Security Agency workers spotted a suspicious item along an exterior wall a little after 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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    Police say the item turned out to be a plastic container with two wires protruding from the lid, with a live shotgun shell and metal objects inside.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Similar report here ...

    KETV: Explosive device neutralized at McCook airport (Apr 19 2013)


    And in a newspaper I delivered as kid during a portion of my six exciting :rolleyes: years in Nebraska:

    Fremont Tribune: Explosive device neutralized at McCook airport (Apr 19 2013)

    Authorities say a small explosive device has been neutralized at the McCook airport in southwest Nebraska ... Nebraska State Patrol bomb experts also were called in, and the device was rendered harmless by 1:45p.m. Police say the item turned out to be a plastic container with two wires protruding from the lid, with a live shotgun shell and metal objects inside.
     
  3. Was it an explosive device, or wasn't it? The reporting is unclear to me when it says: "the item turned out to be a plastic container with two wires protruding from the lid, with a live shotgun shell and metal objects inside." To me that sounds like it turned out to be suspicious but not explosive.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Sounds to me as though it was either an explosive device or intended to look like one.

    However, a cartridge (esp. a shotgun shell, which has soft paper or plastic sides and a very thin metallic base) is not going to build up enough pressure outside the confines of a gun chamber & barrel to do any significant damage. Modern smokeless powders are highly combustible, but not explosive. You wouldn't want to be standing right next to it or holding it in your hand if it went off.
     
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Had an old .22 Winchester Magnum go off right next to my foot once when I dropped it, fumbled it, and ended up slapping it so it hit much harder than just a regular fall. Quite the freak accident.

    You are correct - not enough pressure to do anything major, but startling as heck. I'd really rather not have the same happen (albeit much, much more unlikely) with a 12ga shell.

    From the description, it was possibly a device intended to have the appearance of an IED without actually being one.
     

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