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Abandoned package shuts down Meridian Regional

MERIDIAN — A suspicious package left in bushes near the terminal of Meridian Regional Airport has turned out to be harmless.

The airport had been shut down and evacuated after the package was found yesterday about noon.

The Meridian Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Meridian Homeland Security, TSA, and the airport authority responded, and later found the package to contain regular luggage items.

A 1 p.m. Delta flight landed and was delayed 30 minutes until the terminal reopened.

Airport authority president Tom Williams told WTOK-TV the bag’s owner likely left it outside the terminal and probably intended to come back and get it. The person who left the baggage will not face charges.

Airports usually warn against leaving bags unattended. Any such items are treated as ‘suspicious’ as a precaution.

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