EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Police briefly closed the road to Atlantic City International Airport on Friday morning, and then temporarily evacuated the facility after another incident several hours later, as law enforcement remained on alert for suspicious packages in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Egg Harbor Township Police Department first responded to reports of a suspicious package near the airport’s main gate about 10:30 a.m., police Lt. Robert Gray said. Police closed the road into the airport.
Police left after about 20 minutes. “It was a package that had fallen off of a truck,” Gray explained later. “Everything turned out to be fine out there.”
Several hours later, however, what was reported as a suspicious package led to the evacuation of the airport shortly after noon.
The package, found in a bathroom, turned out to be a metal plate that covered some electrical wiring and had fallen, State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said. Jones said patrons alerted authorities because they were concerned the equipment had been tampered with.
State Police provide security inside the airport. State Police tweeted at 3:05 p.m. that the airport had reopened, and that police canines had swept the facility.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported no significant flight delays at the airport Friday.
Staff writers Joel Landau and Hoa Nguyen contributed to this report.
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