Christmas music blaring from box sparks airport scare

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 03, 2011 5:48 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A loud noise coming from an unattended box that turned out to be Christmas music prompted a security alert at the Oklahoma City airport on Friday that closed most of the facility for four hours, officials said.

An unidentified caller notified the airport of noises coming from a box in the baggage claim area about 9:30 a.m. local time and the police bomb squad was summoned, airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said.

The suspicious box was found to contain a noisy megaphone that played Christmas music, Carney said.

The owner had missed his flight from Houston and was unable to claim the package until he arrived on a later flight, said FBI Agent Clay Simmonds.

The airport re-opened about 2 p.m. local time after the Oklahoma City Police bomb squad was called to determine if the package posed a threat, Simmonds said.

(Reporting by Steve Olafson; Editing by Greg McCune)