Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Scary moments at a Jacksonville airport after a man tells security screeners he has a bomb. Now officials are saying the entire situation was a hoax and he is being held on a million dollars bond.
Rochelle Ritchie has more.
Tense moments at the Jacksonville Airport after Czeljko Causevic, 39, claimed to have a bomb.
“He had come right through the line and didn’t check in with security and one of the TSA agents came to ask him to check in and he didn’t want to do that,” said one woman.
Within minutes, authorities had the man in custody as the bomb squad moved in to investigate.
“The bomb squad did find a device that needed to be rendered safe and they’re in the process of doing that and removed it in the area,” said Officer Shannon Hartley.
Two suspicious packages were found; neither of them were explosive.
Causevic is now charged with making a false report about planting a bomb and possessing a hoax bomb, but no one is laughing.
“They’re stuck in the planes and they move further and further from the airport,” said Pan Lonergon, whose wife was on a plane.
Passengers were immediately evacuated from the airport and taken to nearby hotels as an aggressive sweep of the airport was conducted.
“Bomb squads going past us up until 11 o’clock last night and fire engines and ambulances,” said one woman.
Little is known about Causevic, who is a U.S. citizen originally from Bosnia. His threat shut down the airport for five hours, delaying dozens of flights and leaving hundreds of passengers to wait.
FBI officials are still investigating.
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