A truck filled with fake firearms and replica grenades prompted the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad to respond to Los Angeles International Airport and shut down traffic on Friday morning. The “weapons” turned out to be movie props, police said.
Traffic diversions were put in place at LAX after Los Angeles airport police conducted a random vehicle inspection at a checkpoint near Century and Sepulveda boulevards on the lower level. Around 8:20 a.m., officers spotted what they thought was a loaded firearm inside the white pickup truck.
The driver informed airport police that he had guns and several replica grenades inside the truck. LAPD’s bomb squad was called to the scene, LAX Airport Police Capt. Michael Scolaro said.
The weapons in the vehicle were quickly determined to be movie props, according to the LAPD. One firearm was a nonowrking replica and the other two — a rifle and a pistol — were legally registered to the owner. The grenades were inert.
The man — who police say has an interest in military memorabilia — was detained for questioning.
It was later determined that all of the items were legally possessed and no crime was committed, airport police said.
He was later released and allowed to leave with his real and replica weapons inside.
Although no threat or danger was found, airport police told NBC4 it was necessary to “activate protocols.”
The discovery forced officials to push traffic to the upper level on World Way North, causing a miles-long backup.
By 9:50 a.m. all police activity had concluded and all traffic lanes were reopened, but residual slowing was expected.
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